Airpods in the wild?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by ryanwarsaw, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    Are people starting to notice lots of people out and about with Airpods on? Here in Thailand where I live I am the only one I know that has them. I have never seen a pair of them other than the ones I own. When I go out with them people make comments or point. I know Thailand is a little behind tech wise but how about other countries?

    I just got back from a trip to the USA and didn't see any either. Although I wasn't riding mass transit like the NYC subway. So how often do you guys encounter somebody wearing them on an average day?
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Funny you should mention this, I was actually just at major shopping mall where I live in a fairly large city. And I saw at least three people wearing them in public. I saw one male driving in a car in the mall parking lot that had them on and two other individuals walking around in the mall that was wearing them. To me, they don't look as awkward as I thought they would seeing them in person.

    But I love mine and how well they work. One of the better products I purchased this last year. Excellent product, even with the delay, they were worth it.
  3. ryanwarsaw thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    Agreed. I would go as far to say that they are one of the better products Apple has made in recent years. They have a few quirks but are a Rev A product for Apple so will be curious to see what they do when they update them.

    Tim, if you are listening you could charge a prince's ransom for matte black Airpods with no other change than Bluetooth 5. They could also pack them in with the new premium iPhone. So if you want the black ones you have to buy the $1,000 flagship. Now I am getting off topic but a man can dream. :)
  4. rockyromero macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2015
    It's sporadic to see Airpods out in public. Runners would probably use them more frequently outdoors. With better weather in the summer and availability catching up, I imagine that there will be more sightings.

    I wear my Airpods during my work day indoors continuously for music and calls. Going outside, I'll remove them as a change.

    It's my most wearable device, more so than the Apple Watch.

  5. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I've yet to meet another Airpod owner. Even at the gym. People still stop me and ask about them like they're brand new.
  6. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    Dozens and dozens in Manhattan. Definitely suited for an on the go community. Allows situational awareness, no cords to tangle or get caught on a crowded subway
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The freedom of the wires is really nice once you try the Airpods and their very comfortable for me to wear, which is huge, because if they're not comfortable, you won't wear them.
  8. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    For sure. I get occasional discomfort with mine but as I've posted elsewhere, I have the BeatsX for when I need isolation and those are supremely comfortable. But not a great idea while crossing 5th Avenue.

    Also, was wearing my Beats yesterday in the rain and was struggling with the cord and my hood. Swapped out for the pods anyway since I was venturing outside but not even something I realized pre-totally wireless
  9. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Two people at my gym besides me. Other than that I have not seen anyone else with them. Must be a workout thing. :)
  10. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    peanut farm
    Never seen them in person at all
    Also haven't seen a lot of SS watch models in the wild either
  11. Devyn89 macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2012
    I've seen them on one person (not including myself lol)
  12. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    In Georgia I have seen only one person with them in public and it was at a supermarket.
  13. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    The Airpods aren't cheap and not easy to get. EarPods come with the iPhone and I have seen many of them in the wild. Most just use those for casual listening.

    When somebody usually wants something they tend to snatch it up. BUT when availability is an issue, people tend to lose interest and save their money on something that is really more of a luxury than a need.

    I wanted the new upcoming Tesla, the wait in too long and I don't really want it anymore.
  14. 0003462 Suspended

    Dec 17, 2013
    I've seen a few guys in Glasgow wearing them.
  15. Ralfi macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2016
    My first sighting was of someone outside my gym a week ago.

    I'm surprised I haven't noticed any high profile sports people wearing them yet. Has anyone else?
  16. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    bc they have no noise isolation. you'll see most athletes wearing beats usually over ear headphones
  17. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    Other than the AirPods I own, I have only seen one other person rocking them. That lone person was while I was in D.C. for the weekend last month. I have yet to see anyone around my area with a pair.
  18. ryanwarsaw thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    Seems even amongst the most avid enthusiasts reports of sighting them are a tad slow. This leads me to believe they aren't a failure but the supply constraint is real and not imagined.
  19. pmpalmiero macrumors newbie


    Apr 22, 2016
    Sterling, VA
    I've seen two people wearing them. One was runner by the other driving a car on the interstate.
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  20. M-5 macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2008
    One of my coworkers has them and loves them. He described it as one of the best products Apple has made recently. I've seen maybe two other strangers wearing them out in the wild.

    Availability is still very scarce; None of the stores I've been to has had them in stock, and online availability still says about 6 weeks which is crazy considering they've been available for almost 4 months now.
  21. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    I take public transit to work so I see a lot of people everyday.
    Plenty of iPhone users, many of them are also Beats users (most with solo2 or studio 2) but I saw just a couple of people wearing AirPods.
  22. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    In AR here and I work at a university. I'd say I see them weekly, but not daily. Then again, my schedule doesn't vary much, so I'm probably seeing (or conversely not seeing) the same ones day after day and week after week.
  23. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    Only stared seeing them in the wild this month. Probably has something to do with the fact they've been practically impossible to get hold of for nearly 6 months.
  24. ryanwarsaw thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    Yes, agreed. Part of the reason I made this thread is to find out how limited supplies are. It seems that every few days they ship 3 pairs to a store and sell out.
  25. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    Took a flight out of JFK yesterday, saw around a dozen pairs on people throughout the terminal

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