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Apr 12, 2001

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with ColorWare to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a set of custom-painted third-generation AirPods, available in hundreds of unique color combinations.


For those unfamiliar with ColorWare, it is a customization company that's been offering custom painted devices, electronics, and accessories for many years. ColorWare provides unique painting options and skins for everything from consoles to iPhones to earbuds like the AirPods.


Custom-colored third-generation AirPods can be purchased from ColorWare for $319 for just the AirPods, or $369 for the AirPods and the Wireless Charging Case together. There's a premium price tag for ordering from ColorWare, but it's the only way to get AirPods in a color other than white because Apple still doesn't sell alternate color options like black.


ColorWare offers solid and metallic color options, with gloss and matte finishes to top it off. You can get the traditional black, gold, or silver colors to match Apple's devices, but there are also bright shades in every color of the rainbow. If you want AirPods in yellow, orange, teal, green, deep purple, blue, pink, or one of dozens of other colors, ColorWare is the best option.


ColorWare even has an Illusion finish for the AirPods in multi-chrome colors that shift depending on the lighting in the room, plus there's a Retro version designed after classic Macs.


Each AirPod can be custom painted in the same color as the case or you can order the case and the earbuds all in different colors, so there are tons of color combinations to choose from.


Because ColorWare has been offering custom painted devices since 1998, the company has perfected the painting process. ColorWare uses a multi-step coating process that includes a primer, the application of a proprietary color formula, and an X2 liquid plastic coating that protects the color. ColorWare's custom painting is guaranteed for 12 months or 24 months with the purchase of an additional warranty.


ColorWare uses standard AirPods from Apple and paints them, which leaves the full AirPods functionality intact. There's an H1 chip for quick and easy pairing, and spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, Adaptive EQ, and more.


We have two sets of custom-painted third-generation AirPods and Wireless Charging case to give away, with each winner able to choose the color and finish of their choice. To enter to win, use the widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older, UK residents who are 18 years or older, and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. All federal, state, provincial, and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (July 22) at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on July 29. The winners will be chosen randomly on July 29 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win Customized AirPods in Any Color From ColorWare

Pilot Jones

macrumors 6502a
Oct 2, 2020
My AirPods 2 have fallen down to a maximum 1 hour battery life after trooping through the COVID work from home period of my life, so I'm sincerely hoping for the best LOL


Feb 23, 2004
San Diego, CA, USA
These look gorgeous, but I'll pass until Apple starts doing colors - because Apple can mold the entire AirPod out of colored plastic, rather than just painting it on, which means wear and scratches won't end up showing white underneath.


Jan 16, 2002
Denver, CO
Do these people do cool things or what? WOW!
I've been aware of their work for years and have a basic level of understanding of how they could achieve those results. Still... As a process/production nerd, I'd love a behind-the-scenes vid of their process. The results (tho I have yet to see them in person) look pretty damn fantastic. Anyone know which his more durable: gloss or matte?

Really like the matte cyan + yellow pods shown above (which my CMYK brain loves). Cool way of instantly, form across the room, differentiating them via color. If I added up all the times I have placed the left pod in the right pod side of the case, and vice versa, over the course of a year I have probably spent a full week making, and correcting, that misstep 🤪

That said, at CW's prices (2x MSRP), I'll be enjoying whatever Apple offers (colors would be a cool and likely lucrative option for Apple). Still glad there is such a slick process for customizing, for those so inclined.
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macrumors G5
Jun 27, 2007
Central U.S.
I've always wanted to do this, but they just charge way too much to be worth it. So hopefully I win, lol. They are undoubtedly cool. But you can get AirPods Pro for $179 on Amazon, and these cost $369, which is more than double the price, and it voids the Apple warranty. What's weird is they only charge $299 for a 24k gold-plated Xbox controller? Not sure how that math works out since it's way more surface area to cover and it's gold.

The prices for their Xbox controllers are actually reasonable at $99. IDK why they don't offer it for the Elite Controller? I feel like the people who are willing to pay a lot to customize something are more likely to have an Elite Controller. I know I would totally be on board to customize my Elite Controller if it was only $40 on top of the controller cost like the regular ones. I need a new one anyway, I have the first gen and I've been replacing parts over time but it's actually coming apart at the seams now and idk if I can fix it further. It's 100 million degrees outside so maybe I'll tear it down in my workshop and figure out what I need to do. Hopefully the 3rd gen Elite Controller comes out this autumn.

When I'm rich I will customize everything with ColorWare, but until then, inflation.
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