Katie Walters, CFNN Co-Editor/Reporter

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the infamous AirPods by now. The small Bluetooth earbuds have had a major impact on current technology within the past couple of years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

I always told myself I would never get a pair, but yet here I am with them in my ears. While I’ve enjoyed them a lot, they do have a pretty high price.

There are two different types of earbuds, AirPods and AirPods Pro. Regular AirPods start at around $149, while the AirPods Pro starts at $249. For two things that serve the same purpose, a $100 price difference is a lot. Let’s break it down.

According to apple.com, the AirPods Pro do have some upgrades from the first version. They are designed a little differently. They have customizable suction buds for your ears, noise cancellation, and sweat and water resistance. 

The one thing that’s surprising is the battery life. In comparison to the regular AirPods, the newer version actually has a shorter battery life. While the AirPods Pro has a battery life of about 4.5 hours after one charge, the original ones have a battery life of 5 hours on one charge. It’s probably shorter due to the added features like noise cancellation, which can drain the battery faster.

A neat addition for both versions of AirPods is the personalized engravings. Apple does this with other products too, such as iPads, iPods, and Apple Pencils. When checking out online, you can choose from the available gift options and make them customized.

Lorelei Harr

This past Christmas, there seemed to be a significant number of people who received AirPods as one of their gifts. 

I asked Lorelei Harr, a junior here at Cape Fear, what she thinks about her AirPods. “I really like them. I don’t feel weird walking around with them on, and they’re convenient,” she said.

It’s clear that these have caused an evolution in social standards as well. In the past, wearing earbuds or headphones in public was usually seen as strange, but with the introduction and popularity of AirPods, it’s not uncommon to see somebody wearing them anywhere you go.

Another reason that AirPods have become so popular is because they were a new product released by Apple. They’ve been selling iPhones, iPods, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches for a while now. The first version of AirPods was released in 2016. It’s just like when a new phone comes out, everyone wants to have it. It’s the case with AirPods, except it’s a more affordable status achiever.

So, if you’re looking to buy your own pair, I would say go for the first version! Ever since I’ve gotten them, I can’t imagine listening to music without them. There are some differing opinions, however.

“If you’re a working high school student that’s spending your own money, there are better things you can buy,” Lorelei said. “I think they’re a great gift if you have the money. Wireless earbuds are cool, especially from Apple, but you can get non-name brand ones for much cheaper.”

While they are an investment, it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth it or not. Personally, I’d say go for it!

If you’re interested in hopping on the bandwagon and getting a pair, here’s the link to AirPods on apple.com.