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When the Apple AirPods were first announced and it was revealed that it would have no wires, there was skepticism from many about how well they would do.

Things such as the price and the perceived ease with which it could be lost were pointed out.

But it seems that was all for naught as the sale of the AirPods have been going just fine. According to an infographic released by online shopping analyst Slice Intelligence, the AirPods are currently winning in the market.

Photo by Slice Intelligence

The AirPods which went on sale on December 13, 2016, took out Beats headphones in sales. For context, Beats were the leaders the year before.

As if that's not enough, you have to keep in mind that Apple owns Beats so from the chart above, that means Apple has just over 40 percent of the current market for wireless headphones among online buyers. Bose is the next-largest independent brand, at 16 percent share.

According to the stats by Slice Intelligence, most of the buyers of the AirPods online are male and most are millennials (1990s/2000s kids basically).

These stats are only for online sales though, meaning that the success of the AirPods might even be more remarkable when you consider physical sales and so on.

So Apple is certainly winning so far, can anyone keep up?

Samsung and Apple are probably going to go down as one of the greatest rivalries ever with both companies habitually improving or mimicking each other in terms of innovations.

It seems that we have another one with the Airpods. Apple released the AirPods, complete with a proprietary W1 chip that lets them instantly connect to an iPhone or iPad and now fresh rumours are suggesting Samsung will produce its own pair of wireless in-ear headphones. It's not clear if they will be bundled with the phone, or sold separately.

The S8 (one of the most anticipated things of 2017) will like the iPhone 7 reportedly get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and use instead a USB Type-C for audio. 

It is believed that the USB Type-C audio allows for higher quality audio to be passed through a wired connection. But because it will use USB C, you won't be able to connect your current headphones, so you'll either have to get a pair that will use the bespoke connection, or get a wireless Bluetooth pair.

It is also rumoured that the new earphones will use Harman audio technology following Samsung's acquisition earlier this year for $8 billion, but we don't know this for sure.

Other features, such as one to rival Apple's W1 chip, haven't been confirmed either, so we'll just have to wait and see.

One of the more interesting features of 2016's iPhone 7 was the missing headphone jack. Apple, in their infinite wisdom, decided to go wireless and the Airpods were born.

The fear for the Airpods were that they could easily go missing despite coming with a convenient storage case with some magnetic security features, making it slightly more difficult to lose one, or both, of the untethered ‘Pods. The case also doubles as an recharging station, allowing for convenient power-ups on the go. 

Of course they will get lost at some point (not for everyone, but a fair few) and while they can be replaced, they are certainly not cheap.

The Airpods are protected by a one-year warranty. Service for any AirPods with diminished battery capacity within said time frame will be free. Battery maintenance that falls outside this one-year warranty period will run you $49(N15,500) and the cost for replacing a lost AirPod or AirPod charging case will set you back a cool $69 (around N22,000).

In case your situation is slightly different and you need to only replace your AirPod case, an individual earbud, or both AirPods you can either go to the Apple Store (obviously) the other option is to go to a third-party retailer (not as advisable) but they will probably replace your earbuds if they fall under warranty. 

Another option is to contact Apple Support. This requires you to provide the serial number for your product. This is the best option if you do not live relatively close to an Apple Store. You can also utilize Apple Support in tandem with the Apple’s Express Replacement policy for added convenience. You'd have to first determine that your product still falls under warranty before doing this however. If you’re eligible, Apple will ship a replacement AirPod or AirPod case to a designated location of your own choosing. You’ll just need to mail the defective product to Apple within 10 days of Apple’s shipping date.

So with this, hopefully you're not as scared of losing your Airpods.

It took a while, but here we are; you can now purchase you Apple airpods-- and just in time too, Christmas is just around the corner.

If you're looking for it you'll just have to fork out a cool $159 (about N50,000) and you could get it in time for the festive season with the advertised delivery date at Dec. 21. 

The arrival comes soon after it was claimed that AirPods were only "days" from launch. The product was first announced alongside the iPhone 7 lineup in September, but missed its originally advertised shipping window.

According to AppleInsider, the company said that there was not a chance that they were going to miss a holiday season release. Additionally, several venues have received pre-release sets for review.

"We're ready to go any time," one AppleInsider retail source said. "We've got a few pairs for customer demonstration that we're just waiting on the word to start with."

Early reviews suggest that it is cool device with the wireless feature and rumours of an audio syncing problem were laid to rest.

The product features Apple's proprietary W1 chip for more robust Bluetooth audio connections and easy iCloud-based pairing. The W1 chip is also featured in the previously-launched Powerbeats3 and Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones, and will also be featured in the forthcoming BeatsX, though the latter has also seen delays.

The AirPods, however, feature unique technology that goes beyond the W1. The wireless earbuds are also set to include beam-forming microphones, accelerometers, infrared sensors, and a small charging and carrying case that will provide more power on the go, as well as the mechanism to sync with an iPhone.

The only problem with the airpods is how easy they will be to lose. So before you fork out 50gs please be sure you know exactly where you're going to keep them at all times.
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