Apple AirPods 2 review: Still the best wireless earbuds you can buy

Apple AirPods 2 review: Still the best wireless earbuds you can buy

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Apple AirPods (second-generation)
$159 or $199 (with wireless charging case)
The Good

Slightly longer battery life (for talk time) • Hands-free

The Bad

No sound quality improvements • Wireless charging case version costs an extra $40 • No improvements to battery life for music

The Bottom Line

Apple’s second-generation AirPods are still the wireless earbuds to beat.

⚡ Mashable Score
4.25
😎 Cool Factor
4.0
📘Learning Curve
5.0
💪Performance
4.0
💵 Bang for the Buck
4.0

People love Apple’s AirPods. I know this because I can’t walk down the street or ride the subway or go anywhere without spotting the striking white “stems” poking out of peoples’ ears. They are everywhere the same way EarPods were everywhere during the height of the iPod. Read more…

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Digging into Apple’s media transformation

Digging into Apple’s media transformation

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief, Matthew Panzarino, offered his analysis on the major announcements that came out of Apple’s keynote event this past Monday. Behind a series of new subscription and media products, Apple […]…

If Apple is really serious about services, it would support Android and Windows

If Apple is really serious about services, it would support Android and Windows

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So Apple announced a bunch of new services on Monday. We got new subscription-based services for News, TV, and games, as well as an Apple credit card (yes, really) milled from titanium. 

It’s a smart pivot for Apple: If people aren’t buying as many iPhones, just squeeze them monthly with recurring payments from add-on content services.

Some of these services look great — I’ll happily pay for Apple News+ and Apple Arcade — so long as you already live within the walls of Apple’s ecosystem. But why no love for Android or Windows users? 

They may not have shiny Apple logos on the back of their phones or laptops, but they’re people too. They deserve access to high-quality journalism and original video programming, even if they don’t use Apple devices. Read more…

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