The first wave of iPhone Xs will be here in just three short days. Time is growing short to finish up preparations that require purchases, so let’s take a look at two more areas that some of you will want to address before your X arrives. Screen protectors have been with us since the first iPhone, and with the price of screen replacements only going up (which I touched on in my installment on AppleCare+), they make more sense than ever. As for headphones, earbuds, aux cords, etc, this won’t be a problem for any of you who are coming from an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. However, the rest of you need to consider the fact that the X will likely be your first phone without a built-in headphone jack. Let’s take a look at some of your options.
I didnâ€™t pick up an iPhone 7 after its announcement, but I was still quite excited by the announcement of the W1 chip thatâ€™s going into the AirPods and other Beats products. Bluetooth devices with the W1 chip have a few interesting features:
- theyâ€™re more power efficient
- they fast-charge, a few minutes can get you hours of battery life
- you can pair them with an iPhone by just holding them near it and tapping on a prompt
- once paired with an iPhone, W1-equipped headphones will auto-pair with all Apple devices via iCloud
This last point really got me excited, and that was the bit of Apple Magic Iâ€™d been hoping to see. Iâ€™ve been using wireless headphones for about two or three years now (first with the Sony MDR-10rBT and then the Jaybird Bluebuds X), and I really canâ€™t go back to using wired headphones on-the-go. Iâ€™ll use them at home, but Iâ€™ve become spoiled enough that the wires are insufferably inconvenient when I step outside of my house.
I know that wireless still costs in terms of sound quality, and Iâ€™m very willing to make that tradeoff, but thereâ€™s a limit to that. I bought the Beats Solo3 soon after they came out. They were hilariously expensive at $380 CAD (including tax), but I really wanted the convenience that Apple was touting with the W1.