Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Computerworld:

To catch you up on the story, Apple dumped the headphone jack in iPhone 7. Why? Was there a petition to get rid of old, working technology? Nope.

The real reason, of course, is that Apple wants to shear more money from its sheep. All those expensive Apple Beats earpods and headphones you’ve bought recently? They’re all old junk on their way to obsolescence, if you believe Apple.

Oh, and guess what. You’re going to lose those AirPods. That isn’t a threat. That’s a promise.

I won’t be putting much stock into a piece written by someone with a grudge, who makes ridiculous assumptions and presents Tham as facts, after borrowing the AirPods from a friend for a couple of minutes before writing this hit piece.

The “they suck because you’re going to lose them” argument is getting super old. Eventually, owners need to ensure they’re not leaving them laying around. Consider taking care of the things you spend your money on?

Both Daring Fireball and The Loop both have worthwhile updates on AirPods. They’ve both had them since shortly after the keynote on September 7th and can give an informed opinion on them.