i have not seen detailed specs on the airpods to know if it's same old Bluetooth or something else...
Did you catch the remark about Apple being the #2 watch maker in the world behind only Rolex in terms of revenue and #1in smart watch? With their first product, in their first year... With a product naysayers universally said was awful. That smart watches would never catch on....
It's innovation..... Not coincidental.
The EarPods are Bluetooth, the cord-cutting for the sake of the supposed "wireless future" is 10 year old Bluetooth, Apple innovated nothing.
Being the #2 watchmaker in the world is misleading, they are showing topline unit sales, not profits. It's also a very fragmented industry, there is Rolex and then there is everyone else. It is no surprise that in Year 1 of a techy accessory to a huge iPhone populous that it will be successful, I'm actually quite surprised they did not surpass Rolex (I'm a collector) who has introduced nothing new of note, whose average retail is $5,000, and in a depressed luxury market getting crushed by the Euro where very few born after 1995 has even worn a watch they still succeed at #1.
Let's see that slide for Year 2, sales of the watch have been dreadful post-launch, they are scrambling and desperately repositioning as a Fitbit clone, I bet Apple won't even put those metrics up at the keynote a year from now. And, for the record, Apple could launch any
iPhone accessory and see it become tops in it's niche. That's what 1,000,000,000 units in consumers hands can do for you. They could launch iPhone Sandwich Bags and become the #2 maker of sandwich bags in the world, doesn't mean they are 'innovators' who 'disrupted an industry'.