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Apple® AirPods

In-ear wireless Bluetooth® headphones with W1 chip

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Our take on the Apple® AirPods

This is an exciting time in the world of headphones, largely due to this particular pair — the Apple AirPods. Back when Apple dropped the traditional headphone jack from the iPhone®, they also dropped these state-of-the-art earbuds. You've no doubt noticed people wearing them. These in-ear headphones were the first completely wire-free earbuds we ever carried. 

Apple's game-changing wireless headphones

This is an exciting time in the world of headphones, largely due to this particular pair — the Apple AirPods. Back when Apple dropped the traditional headphone jack from the iPhone®, they also dropped these state-of-the-art earbuds. You've no doubt noticed people wearing them. These in-ear headphones were the first completely wire-free earbuds we ever carried. 

There's no cord connecting the two ultra-light earbuds. Instead, they each fit independently and are both jam-packed with cutting-edge wireless technology. The headliner is Apple's new W1 chip. While the AirPods will play music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled phone or music source, the W1 chip makes pairing up with Apple devices even more special. 

Steady, high-quality connection to your Apple gear

Easy and straightforward. That's the best way to describe the wireless pairing process between the AirPods and your Apple products (I tried it when I reviewed the Beats Solo3 headphones). A one-tap connection syncs up the earbuds to your iPhone, and then you're automatically paired to other devices on your iCloud account (like your Apple Watch®, iMac®, or iPad®). The W1 chip ensures a strong wireless connection and allows for higher-fidelity streaming.

The chip works with a super-powerful microphone for clear, seamless phone calls and Siri® voice commands. You can scroll through songs and answer calls by touch, or double-tap either AirPod to activate Siri. Just how smart are these earbuds? When you remove one — or both — music will stop playing, and it resumes as soon as you put them back in. 

A carrying case that recharges your earbuds wirelessly

Thanks to the W1 chip's battery management, the tiny AirPods offer five hours of music listening on a full charge. Siri will keep you updated on your battery life. When you need to refuel, just click the AirPods into the included charging carrying case. The case is a little bigger than a matchbox, and can bank 24 hours of power to recharge your AirPods. 15 minutes inside the pouch gives your AirPods three hours of wireless use. 

Product Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening and phone calls
    • Apple's W1 chip provides seamless, reliable wireless connection with iPhone 7 and other Apple devices
    • AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
  • no connecting cord between left and right earbud
  • clear, detailed sound for music and calls
  • easy, one-tap pairing with iPhone 7 simultaneously synchs up your iPad, iMac, and Apple Watch
    • requires iCloud account and iOS 10, macOS Sierra, or watchOS 3
  • dual beam-forming microphones with voice recognition for calls and Siri control
  • control music, volume, and Siri by tapping either AirPod
  • optical sensors automatically stop music in either AirPod when removed
    • AirPods can be used one at a time or as a pair
  • built-in rechargeable batteries offer up to 5 hours of listening
  • included carrying case banks up to 24 hours of power to wirelessly recharge AirPods
    • 15 minutes inside case provides enough power for 3 hours of listening
    • Lightning® cable included for charging case
    • charging case weight: 1.34 ounces
  • AirPod weight: 0.14 ounces (each)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Wireless ear pods
  • Charging case
  • 41" Lightning-to-USB (Type A) cable
  • Instruction manual
  • Safety and Handling booklet
  • Limited Warranty booklet

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Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 0.654" x 1.596"
Noise-canceling No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 0.14 (ea) ounces
Cord Length N/A
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Case
Charging Case Yes
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Apple AirPods are individual in-ear buds designed to work with your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac. Each AirPod is 0.654" x 1.596" x 0.628", and weighs 0.14 ounces. There are no connecting cables between them. They operate via Bluetooth, and power on and connect automatically when you open the lid of the charging case. The AirPods feature several sensors and accelerometers to detect when they're in your ears, or when you tap them to control playback, answer a call, or activate Siri. The AirPods come with a standard Lightning-to-USB cable.

Compatibility: The AirPods are compatible with the following Apple products:

  • iPhone: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5.
  • iPad: iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd Generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st Generation), iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, and iPad Air.
  • iPod: iPod touch 6th Generation
  • Apple Watch: 38mm Case, 42mm Case
  • Apple TV: Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th Generation)
System Requirements: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models with iOS 10 or later. Apple Watch models with watchOS 3 or later, Mac models with macOS Sierra or later.

Power Requirements: The Apple AirPods are powered by rechargeable batteries that can be charged inside the Charging Case. The Apple W1 chip maximizes efficiency, giving the AirPods up to 5 hours listening time and up to 2 hours talk time on a single charge. The Charging Case has its own rechargeable power pack, allowing you to recharge the AirPods numerous times. Placing the AirPods in the case for a mere 15 minutes gives you an additional 3 hours listening time and over an hour of talk time. The AirPods, together with the Charging Case, provide more than 24 hours of listening time, and up to 11 hours talk time. A standard Lightning-to-USB cable is provided for charging the Charging Case.

Sensors and Accelerometers: The AirPods feature built-in sensors and accelerometers that can automate numerous functions. When the AirPods are pulled out of their Charging Case, they instantly turn on and connect to your iOS device. As soon as you put them in your ears, your music starts playing. Take one or both AirPods out and your music pauses. To adjust the volume, change the song, or make a call, you can simply tap either AirPod. Double-tap to activate Siri. The AirPods can detect when you're on a call or talking to Siri, and will engage the microphone, route the audio back to your phone, and reject background noise so your call is crystal clear.

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Why did you buy this?

Best wireless ear phones out right now [ MARK  Nov 16, 2018 ]
gift for my wife [ Cody  Nov 12, 2018 ]
Great quality product from apple. I had the opportunity of trying them out for one day and really loved everything about how easy it was to set them up with my phone. Sound was very good, from classical to pop music. [ Michel  Nov 07, 2018 ]
I've used the wired Apple earbuds for years, but am sick of dealing with the wires while I'm working at my desk. [ Robert  Nov 05, 2018 ]
Best wireless headphones I have ever used. [ MATT  Nov 04, 2018 ]
Familiarity with the brand and your rating [ Robert  Nov 02, 2018 ]
For use with iPhone 7 [ JOSEPH L  Oct 28, 2018 ]
Good Reviews [ MICHAEL  Oct 26, 2018 ]
I have made purchases from CrutchField since 1999. This is my 3rd pair I've purchased. My wife & son have a pair and now my daughter wants them. Very good headphones. [ MJBBMANO  Oct 06, 2018 ]
Apple is the best, hands down!! [ Jamey  Sep 22, 2018 ]
My wife said to buy it [ Steven  Sep 09, 2018 ]
Great product convenience is the reason why i chose the airpods and also reliability [ Denisse  Sep 07, 2018 ]
The excellent reviews on Crutchfield convinced me that the quality of these earbuds would meet my expectations. [ R  Aug 26, 2018 ]
Love apple Products. Great stuff. second Purchase. my wife love mine so had to get a pair for her. [ Francisco  Aug 19, 2018 ]
Been an Apple lover since day one and heard great things about this AirPods. [ Francisco  Aug 11, 2018 ]
ease of connectivity with Iphone. you put the case 2" from your Iphone and the connection is established. the most reliable, never lose connectivity. [ Hilary  Aug 10, 2018 ]
I wanted wireless headphones but I am tired of having a wire connect the two ear buds. [ W  Aug 06, 2018 ]
Took these for a test drive at the local Apple store. Advertised as having a good battery life. Will always purchase at Crutchfield when available. [ Unamused  Jul 28, 2018 ]
broke my old head phones [ Michael  Jul 24, 2018 ]
They are the best fit for my ears. [ Scott  Jul 17, 2018 ]
Birthday gift for the wife. [ KENNETH  Jul 17, 2018 ]
The reviews for this product were really good in every website I checked. [ Anthony Paul  Jul 14, 2018 ]
Was impressed when I tried a friend's pair and loved the wireless concept. I excited to see how these sound and work day-to-day! [ Randall  Jul 13, 2018 ]
Best compatible product for an iphone [ William  Jul 12, 2018 ]
Easy to use with my phone and Apple TV etc. - when walking or bike riding can still hear sounds around me. [ LINDA  Jul 06, 2018 ]
good quality [ Christopher  Jun 30, 2018 ]
The wife has been hating on mine since they changed my life 6 months ago. Her over the ear Bluetooth broke on her while she was working and she borrowed mine. She wore them til they were dead and said she still didn't like them. I bought this pair for her because I know she secretly loves them! [ michael  Jun 30, 2018 ]
My son wanted these for his birthday !! I have a pair & they're great !!! [ Colton  Jun 28, 2018 ]
I travel for work and have always used corded earbuds and the cords always wind up getting tangled. I've had my eye on these Apple AirPods for awhile waiting to see if they were well received or if people had problems. Based on the reviews and given the price is very reasonable I decided to buy a pair. I will review them myself in 30 days. [ Lynn  Jun 17, 2018 ]
I wanted them ;) [ julia louise  Jun 17, 2018 ]
Gift for someone [ Jay  Jun 13, 2018 ]
They are fantastic product! Best on the market [ Jonathan  May 24, 2018 ]
I need them for work as I'll be making a lot of cold calls. [ Edward  May 21, 2018 ]
Compliments Iphone [ louie  May 20, 2018 ]
I have been looking for these, HSN has them for double of the price they are here, . Crutchfield is the better place to buy than Amazon . Plus Crutchfield as better customer service. [ Darrell  May 19, 2018 ]
I love them [ Mohammed al  May 14, 2018 ]
Gift certificates were offered through Reportezrewards [ Christine  May 05, 2018 ]
As a gift; individual has apple MAC and iPhone - easy pairing. Not intended for exercise activity otherwise would have gone with Bose. Have had very good success with past apple products. [ WARD  Apr 28, 2018 ]
I trust the quality of Apple products. This item had the best reviews for Bluetooth and wire-free ear buds/pods. [ Lynn  Apr 13, 2018 ]
gift for somebody. [ navin  Apr 10, 2018 ]
i have a iphone [ Stephen  Apr 07, 2018 ]
because they are awesome. [ Christian  Apr 04, 2018 ]
Is nice [ Raymond  Apr 01, 2018 ]
Easy to carry with you while you are on the street, practice and it does not take up much space. Long Battery life. [ Ricardo  Mar 28, 2018 ]
I have the EarPods that came with my Apple IPhone 6s Plus and they are awesome. A friend had a pair of the AirPods and I tried them out and they sound and work great just like my EarPods but wireless, so I had to get a pair and what better place to order them from than Crutchfield!!! ?? Always the best quality and customer service!!! Thank you CRUTCHFIELD!!! [ D-Man  Mar 28, 2018 ]
Best headphones for iphones [ DHANRAJ  Mar 27, 2018 ]
Wife wants then [ Robert  Mar 24, 2018 ]
I love apple products. I own an iphone, ipad and ipod. [ Chanae  Mar 20, 2018 ]
I hate wires. LOL [ Monica  Feb 20, 2018 ]
No tax! [ Nicholas  Feb 10, 2018 ]
I tried bose, jaybird and beats, and just couldn't get over the weight, size or cord sound, so I'm breaking down and buying the best! [ Jennifer  Feb 10, 2018 ]
Apple quality [ Thomas  Feb 09, 2018 ]
Got a new iPhone X and wanted seamless integration. Generally speaking, Apple products don't disappoint. [ Douglas  Dec 28, 2017 ]
because they recharge many times in the box, so they last longer than the rest, already bought the bose sport, and they don't last as much. [ max  Dec 27, 2017 ]
Previous purchase and additonal pair for my son. They work great with AppleT products. [ Stephen  Nov 08, 2017 ]
One of the easiest holiday gifts ever. Everyone loves these! [ mark  Oct 31, 2017 ]
Heard they are amazing and hate wires! [ CASEY  Oct 17, 2017 ]
my girlfriend love it... [ H  Oct 17, 2017 ]
heard good feedbacks [ Wei  Oct 16, 2017 ]
work related. [ Mario  Oct 13, 2017 ]
A gift for a client. [ Albert  Oct 07, 2017 ]
Product reviews [ Robert  Oct 06, 2017 ]
Ease of use. [ Luke  Oct 03, 2017 ]
Christmas gift [ JOHN D  Sep 24, 2017 ]
Quality and ease of use with my iPhone and iWatch. [ Stephen  Sep 24, 2017 ]
I chose the AirPods because the wireless capability allows me to listen to music untethered. Whether walking the dog or mowing the lawn, I have the freedom from wires so I don't have to worry about them getting tangled or potentially damaging the headset jack if the wire gets yanked out. Additionally, since I'm planning on getting the new iPhone X which doesn't have a headset jack...I'm already prepared. [ CHRIS  Sep 19, 2017 ]
Heard good reviews and wanted something that's truly wireless. [ JOIE A  Sep 18, 2017 ]
With so many earphones to choose from. Why not just go with apple....... everything =) [ Kurt  Sep 18, 2017 ]
Convenience and Apple quality. [ ARNOLD  Sep 17, 2017 ]
Why does anyone buy apple products...they simply work the best [ Alan  Sep 15, 2017 ]
It is the future on headphones and now more than ever with the new Apple Watch [ Jose  Sep 13, 2017 ]
Very good quality sound & fit. [ Jean  Sep 11, 2017 ]
Birthday gift for my wife [ Joseph  Aug 20, 2017 ]
Gift for a close relative. [ Phyllis  Aug 17, 2017 ]
I chose these because I started a career in machining, I can't use them all the time but I just started which means I'm stuck in the back doing all the jobs no one else wants to do. I don't need wires getting caught in my work. I will try to exercise with them but do not have a lot of faith due to trouble in the past with apple earpods. Hopefully the lack of wire pulling them down they will stay in my ear better. I will try beats if these don't work [ Taylor  Aug 16, 2017 ]
Read reviews and spoke with a colleague who owns them and had great things to say about them. [ Pete  Jul 22, 2017 ]
I'm an apple lover [ nevin  Jul 22, 2017 ]
Although all reviews agreed they looked odd, they all also advised they were great. Looking forward to using the W1 chip and being wire free. [ Ryan  Jul 22, 2017 ]

5 questions already asked

I think these can be used with Android devices as a normal Bluetooth headset. That being said, the high price you're paying for these is for the seamless integration with iOS devices. I'd recommend another headset if you're not using it with Apple. [ Anne  Oct 29, 2018 ]
Jog, yes. Sprinting or serious crossfit-like exercise, no. They sort of seat in the ear rather than fill it completely. They're light enough that, if you don't have something playing, and you're at the end of a hard run - where you're trying to get that last mile, you might not notice one (or two) gone. (Personal experience!) [ Wesley  Aug 18, 2018 ]
If you can jog without the wires EarPods from falling out then you will be fine. It's not a yes or no answer because everyone's ears are different. [ BINH T  Aug 17, 2018 ]
Absolutely, that's all I use them for. [ Ryan  Aug 17, 2018 ]
For more details regarding the latest Sony headphone models please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. They can help you figure out differences between models and provide an ETA for out of stock product(s). [ Larry  May 27, 2018 ]  Staff
Yes if it has bluetooth output airport will connect to it [ Gail  Feb 21, 2018 ]
Sorry, I do not know. [ Thomas  Feb 21, 2018 ]
Yep! The Apple AirPods not only work seamlessly with Apple devices, they will also play audio wirelessly from just about any Bluetooth-enabled device; including LG's C7P OLED model. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Aug 22, 2017 ]  Staff

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