Apple headphones concept mashes AirPod with HomePod

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A well-known designer has proposed his ideas for Apple headphones, including wireless charging.
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It’s an open secret that Apple is developing its own over-the-ear headphones, separate from Beats’ products. Well-known designer Martin Hajek dreamed up suggestions for how these super-size AirPods might look. 

His concept art shows a heavy influence from Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, and the headphones function in somewhat the same ways.

These rugged headphones conduct sound through bone [Deals]

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These bone-conduction headphones might be the future of personal audio.
These bone-conduction headphones might be the future of personal audio.
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There are all sorts of cool headphones out there. Headsets feature Bluetooth, noise-cancellation, with designs that are over-ear, in-ear, wireless, water-poof, and so on. These headphones from FresheTech feature most of those features, plus one you don’t see very often: bone conduction.

Wireless meets noise cancellation in these Bluetooth headphones [Deals]

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These over-ear Bluetooth headphones include effective noise-cancellation, combining privacy and convenience.
These over-ear Bluetooth headphones include effective noise-cancellation, combining privacy and convenience.
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In the plane, on the train, on the streets. When you’ve got your headphones on, you don’t want to let the outside world in. That’s why noise cancellation has been such a popular feature in recent years. But that’s not a feature you usually see on wireless headphones.

Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

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Maybe the best thing Apple has invented in years.
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Updated: May 11, 2017

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple’s first iPhones to drop the headphone jack. And while you can keep using your old headphones by plugging them into the adapter that comes in the box, that gets old as soon as you discover you left the little dongle at home connected to a speaker, and you can’t listen to any music.

You’ve got two options. One, stick with a cable and buy some Lightning headphones. That’s fine, but then you can only use them with recent-vintage iOS devices, and you can’t charge your device while you use them. Or two, go wireless. That means Bluetooth, either the vanilla kind, or Apple’s augmented Bluetooth headphones, with the special W1 chip added to make pairing easier.

Best List: These ‘social’ headphones let you share your music [Review]

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The Wearhaus Arc headphones are the first 'social' headphones that allow music sharing between headsets.
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Best List: Wearhaus’ Arc ‘social’ headphones

Wearing headphones tends to cut you off from the world, but Wearhaus’ Arc headphones are more sociable.

The wireless Arc headphones allow multiple headsets to stream audio from the same source. Think silent disco, watching a movie together, or sharing tunes with your BFF.

Get grooving with this glorious audio gear [Deals]

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We've got the best in Bluetooth earbuds, headphones and streaming hubs at the Cult of Mac Store.
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One of the most important uses of our digital devices is bringing sweet, sweet sounds to our ears. Whether you want to listen to a favorite album or podcast, we’ve gathered some of the best delivery systems for top-shelf sound.

From two different Bluetooth earbud sets to a home audio streaming hub and a set of high-fidelity Bluetooth headphones, there’s plenty here to please your ears.

VR headsets, Bluetooth headphones and more [Week’s Newest Deals]

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From VR headsets and Bluetooth earbuds to a lifetime of cloud storage and downloadable YouTube videos, check out the best new deals this week.
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Say goodbye to winter and hello to these great new deals on gear and gadgets in the Cult of Mac Store. This week, we’ve got a terabyte of super-secure cloud storage for life, a way to save your favorite streaming videos, a versatile VR headset, and a set of boss Bluetooth earbuds.

Better yet, everything’s massively discounted!

Beats X are better than AirPods in almost every way [Reviews]

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The Beats X are worth listening to.
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I’ve never been a fan of Beats headphones. Whenever I’ve given them a go, I’ve found the sound quality to be less than stellar, with far too much bass. So when Apple unveiled Beats X wireless headphones alongside the AirPods last fall, the weird-looking white ones grabbed my attention.

Now that I’ve had a chance to try them both, it’s clear I got that backward. I give you all the details on Beats X versus AirPods in my Beats X review below.