Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Potential of the W1 Chip

For those who didn't watch the full keynote, at the Apple event on September 7, Apple announced a new chip called the W1 chip. This chip is designed specifically for headphones and earbuds. So far, they're in AirPods, Beats Solo³ Wireless, Powerbeats³ Wireless, and the new BeatsX earphones. In addition to allowing better battery life and quicker charges, the W1 chip allows for instant pairing with your iOS and Mac devices. You just hold them near the device, and follow the one-button prompt to connect. In a matter of seconds, from the lock screen, you're connected. No settings app, no Bluetooth nonsense. So imagine if Apple allowed third-parties to use this chip, which I could easily see happening. Every modern wireless listening device could instantly pair to your device with ease. That would certainly be a huge selling point for Apple products. It's 2016 and it's hard to believe we've put up with the hassle of Bluetooth prompts for this long. It's why I chose wired Beats over wireless ones back in 2014. Now, Apple has finally made headphones more intelligent, which allows them to work with your devices. I'd love to see this technology in more listening devices. Speakers, radios, you name it. Let's hope Apple pushes this technology to its highest potential.

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