A FEW DAYS ago, I finally bought a pair of AirPods. Apple’s funny-looking ear-computers have been available for about a year, provided you were willing to order them online and wait six weeks for delivery. But last week, they started appearing in brick-and-mortar shops. When I saw that I could snag a pair at my local Apple store, I decided to take the plunge.
I worry that makes me sound like an impulsive person. I’m not. At $159, AirPods are expensive. It takes more than the launch hype of a mediocre-sounding, awkwardly fitting pair of ear-dongles for me to part with that kind of cash.
So why part with it? Last week saw the debut of several products that make AirPods more interesting to anyone curious about the way humanity will interact with gadgets in the future.