AirPods and other Apple gear top teens’ holiday wish lists


AirPods are the gift teens want most this holiday season.
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Anyone at a loss for what to get a hard-to-buy-for teenager need look no further than the Apple Store. Specifically, AirPods. That’s a conclusion of a survey done by a market-research firm.

Surprisingly, this same firm sees slowing interest in Fortnite.

Give your AirPods Pro a custom paint job


ColorWare customizes AirPods Pro
ColorWare can make a set of AirPods Pro uniquely yours.
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Apple sells AirPods Pro in any color you want, as long as it’s white. But ColorWare brings some style to these in-ear headphones. The company offers 64 color options, and shoppers can decorate each AirPod differently.

The case can even be a third color.

Consumer Reports thinks AirPods Pro are great, but not Galaxy Buds great


Consumer Reports thinks AirPods Pro are great, but not Galaxy Buds great
A massive improvement over the original.
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Consumer Reports has issued its verdict on Apple’s AirPods Pro — and it’s a positive one. The nonprofit consumer-testing publication praised the AirPods Pro as sounding “really good.” It also lavished praise on the sound-cancelling tech and the earbuds’ transparency mode.

However, it still thinks you could do better with Samsung’s Galaxy Buds.

AirFly Pro is a little dongle that makes AirPods even more magical


Every AirPods owner needs an AirFly Pro.
Photo: Twelve South

AirPods might be one of the best accessories Apple has ever made. But there’s a quick and easy way to make them even better: Pair yours with the AirFly Pro from Twelve South.

This second-generation dongle lets you connect your AirPods or AirPods Pro to almost anything. It has better battery life than its predecessor, and supports two pairs of headphones simultaneously.

You can order yours today.

AirPods Pro gold edition look fit for a king


Caviar went with a minimalist mod on this one.
Photo: Caviar

Tired of looking like a dang peasant with your old AirPods?

The crazy luxury Apple-modders at Caviar have the perfect upgrade ready for you with their new AirPods Pro Gold Edition. After making some pretty wild mods to the original AirPods, including a $20,000 diamond version, Caviar’s latest masterpiece actually looks pretty classy, if you like that Saudi prince type look. And with a price tag of nearly $68K, you’d have to be a Saudi prince to afford them.

Here’s a closer angle:

Tap your AirPods Pro case to check if it’s charged


Consumer Reports thinks AirPods Pro are great, but not Galaxy Buds great
Tap the AirPods Pro battery case to show the charge status LED.
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The AirPods Pro come in a Qi-enabled wireless charging case, which means you can just drop it onto a charging mat, grab them a while later, and everything is topped up and ready to go. But the LED indicator on the case blinks off soon after you start charging. What’s up? How do you find out if your AirPods are full yet?

Slickwraps Skins bring style to plain AirPods Pro


Slickwraps Skins for AirPods Pro
Retro, snakeskin and camo are just a few of the Slickwraps Skins available for AirPods Pro.
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Although AirPods Pro still come only in white, users can add color with Slickwraps Skins. These are thin layers of vinyl that decorate not just the in-ear headphones but also the case, and there are dozens of options.

They’re available now for under $20.