A little over a month ago, my wife and I had our 21 year wedding anniversary. We celebrated with a couple of evenings away from home, which was welcomed. We had a nice, romantic dinner. We relaxed. It was great…except for one small detail. We returned home on Sunday, and that night I opened my AirPods case like I always do to get my AirPods before going to sleep. It was empty.
I immediately knew what had happened. I usually listen to music while I am falling asleep, and I have found my AirPods to be the easiest way to listen in bed. They stay in until after I fall asleep. They don’t disturb my wife. They recharge in the case during my drive to work, so I can have them ready to go again by the time I get to the office. It’s been a perfect system for me.
I am a creature of habit. Big time. My AirPods would pretty much always fall out of my ears overnight as I toss and turn. Every morning, the first thing I would do before getting out of bed is hunt them down and put them back in the case. Well, nothing gets you out of your habits like sleeping in while staying away from home. When I opened my AirPods case and saw it empty, I knew EXACTLY what had happened.
I got up Sunday morning at the hotel and got ready, and my wife and I went and grabbed breakfast before leaving to head home. I never went back to the bed to check for my AirPods. When I did my habitual sweep of the hotel room before checking out, I never noticed them. They blend in pretty well on white sheets. I was out of my routine and I didn’t even think about this.
It wasn’t too late when I found that my case was empty, so I called the front desk at the hotel immediately and left a message for the manager. I hoped that, since the case wasn’t there with the AirPods, that whoever found them would just turn them in. That didn’t happen. I actually can’t guarantee someone made off with them, as it is not unlikely that they got washed and dried with the sheets. Whatever happened, they are long gone now.
I knew I would miss having my AirPods as soon as this happened. However, I didn’t know how much until I started using a combo of wired Lightning EarPods and a set up ZAGG Bluetooth cans in place of them. Ouch. The sound quality of the ZAGGs is fine, but they aren’t great for phone calls, and they are large and impractical to wear all the time at work. The EarPods are just meh. Being tethered back to the cord after having the freedom of the AirPods is the biggest drawback.
Now I’m kind of stuck in no-man’s land. I was hoping that Apple would announce the rumored hardware refresh with wireless charging case at the iPhone event. If they had, I would have jumped in line for a new pair immediately. However, that obviously didn’t happen. Now I will wait for an event many in the Apple community expect will come in October to talk iPad Pros and Macs, and hope they are announced then.
If new AirPods don’t come by then, as much as I will hate buying hardware that may soon go out of production, I will probably go ahead and bite the bullet. I’m pretty sick of waiting, and I am about to start a project where I will on my feet running around a sports arena all day, everyday, and likely taking plenty of calls in the process. I need to go wireless, and if I’m doing that, it’s going to be with AirPods.
When I bought my AirPods, I did so wondering if I would even keep them after doing a review. I wasn’t on the hype train going in, and I wasn’s sure if I would care for them. It only took a couple of days before I was sold, though. However, even though I loved them from that point on, they kind of just…blended in. And that’s not a knock on them, either. In fact, it’s a compliment. They are so reliable, seamless, and easy to use that you really don’t notice them or appreciate them…until they’re gone. I definitely do now, and I am looking forward to replacing them sooner, rather than later.