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Apr 12, 2001

ColorWare this week released custom-painted AirPods with a classic Macintosh design, including a beige finish with faux vents and a six-color rainbow pairing button reminiscent of Apple's logo between 1977 and 1998.


The limited edition AirPods Retro, as they are called, are inspired by the Apple IIe, which actually predates the original Macintosh by a year, but the computers shared a similar design with an iconic Pantone 453 finish.

ColorWare purchases the AirPods directly from Apple, applies the custom paint job to both the AirPods and their charging case, and then repackages them in Apple's original box with a Lightning to USB cable and documentation.

The company doesn't currently offer after-the-fact customization of used AirPods, so if you already own a pair, you're out of luck.

While the AirPods Retro have a unique design, they come at a steep cost of $399, more than double Apple's standard $159 price. Also be prepared to wait a bit, as shipping is estimated to take 3-4 weeks depending on the destination.

Keep in mind that Apple is expected to release second-generation AirPods with "Hey Siri" support at its usual September event, alongside new iPhones and its AirPower charging mat, so it may be best to hold off on these.

ColorWare also sells AirPods in limited edition Space Gray for $349 and dozens of other colors for $299. Prices are based on U.S. dollars.

Article Link: ColorWare Releases Custom-Painted AirPods With Classic Macintosh Design for $399
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macrumors 68040
Nov 30, 2012
Love the look, but with how many times I’ve dropped my AirPod case, I can’t imagine that pretty finish lasting too long.
Right. I put my AirPod case in my pocket the other day not thinking it was the same pocket my keys were in and now there are a ton of scratches all over the case :(
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macrumors 6502
Oct 27, 2017
I have a case that holds my AirPods from catalyst. It covers the whole thing so this wouldn’t be seen. But nonetheless, it’s beautiful. I’d wait until the next generation AirPods with wireless charging however.


Jul 12, 2016
A bit steep considering next gen AirPods should be here in September.

Actually, the next version the AirPods is rumored to be released in 2019. I don’t believe we will see version 2 of the AirPods in September. Especially given the possibility of three new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 4, possible new iPads and a MacBook update, I doubt we will see the AirPods being launched this year with very few rumors or leaks either.
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