Apple’s AirPods may not impress audio enthusiasts, or even most of the general device-buying public. But they do signal to a likely future scenario when wearable technology is both far more common and far more powerful–and one when the phone plays a diminished role in our tech culture. Yes, we’ll all still have phones, but we may not need to rely on them as much. Also this week: Behind the scenes of David’s iPhone 7 review, and curious pet behavior.
Some notes: Will Oremus in Slate discussing the same topic. David Pierce reviews the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and pans the AirPods. A survey of ceramics in personal technology products by Brian Barrett.
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