Scott Wilkinson joins Leo to talk about wireless earphones and says that the small rubber tips on Apple's AirPod Pros are really important to sealing the headphone and blocking out ambient noise. Called "in-ear headphones" or monitors, those tips will ensure a weighty sound with bass. But Apple's headphones are hugely expensive and Leo says that there's an insane profit margin in that category. Especially with Apple's Beats brand.
Doctor Mom recently picked up a pair of Amazon's Earpods. They were $129 and they look similar Bose earpods. Leo says that it sounds like a rebranded design. DM says they are noise-reducing, and Leo says that they seal the ears to block out the sound, while Apple's Earpod Pros uses noise reduction. Leo thinks that noise-reducing works better, in his opinion. But DM says that with noise reduction, you can still hear something. DM also says that you only really have to wear one and you can still listen to music.
Kevin keeps hearing news that Bluetooth headsets will cause cancer. Leo says that's a distorted story. It's not that they cause cancer, it's that AirPods and earbuds can ruin your hearing because people listen too loudly to them.
Henry heard that Apple will be releasing a new version of AirPods. Should he wait? Leo says that there won't be a completely redesigned AirPod for another year, according to insiders.
Here's a totally new product from Bose. No, it's not active noise reduction, which Bose is famous for, but a brand new way to mask annoying nighttime noises. Things like noisy neighbors, construction; or when traveling, vending machines, elevators, etc. Active noise reduction doesn't work for sleep, so they came up with a new technology, noise-masking. The new device is dubbed Bose sleepbuds. They don't (and can't) stream music, but they offer 10 preloaded soothing sound tracks (water, rustling leaves, crackling fire, etc.) designed to match and mask the unwanted noise.
Why did Apple delay the Airpods? Leo said that there's a limited supply to go out before Christmas and the rest will get their's next month. The main issue is that manufacturing them at scale has proven to be more of a challenge. They are technically complex. The same happened to the Apple Pencil -- they sold out quickly and people had to wait because supplies were limited. With any luck, Apple could send them sooner, rather than later.
Invitations are believed to be going out for Apple's Fall iPhone event on September 7th. Rumors point to the iPhone 7 removing the headphone jack in favor of either wireless airbuds or via a new lightning connected airbuds. There will also be a dual camera array which will take images in color and black and white to use it to make a more accurate image.
Sandra has a pair of headphones that need to be repaired. Leo isn't so sure that they're worth repairing in today's disposable design culture. What can she replace them with for around $25? Leo says that good headphones aren't cheap. If she wants to stick with earbuds, then she can get a pair of earbuds for about $30 at the Apple store. But earbuds are damaging to our ears and the sound isn't as accurate.