First Reactions to Apple's AirPods? Anger, Confusion - and Memes

The new Apple AirPods are displayed during an event to announce new Apple products on Wednesday, Sept. 7 in San Francisco.Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

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By Alyssa Newcomb

Change can be hard — and some people are having trouble coming to grips with the idea of Apple's new wireless headphones, called AirPods.

The wireless ear buds, which look like cotton swabs hanging out of a person's ears, are geared toward people purchasing the new iPhone 7, which doesn't have a traditional headphone jack.

The AirPods will cost $159 and come in a special charging case. While they aren't available until October, the small size and cost has made some people wonder whether they'll be easily misplaced.

Others took aim at the design, with one person appearing to make a pair of AirPod lookalikes using toothbrush heads.

The AirPods pack up to five hours of power, but the accompanying case will hold a 24-hour charge, so users can place them back inside to get more juice. But for $159, some people weren't having it.

The AirPods are designed to give a better listening experience and boast access to Siri, according to Apple. They're already set up, allowing users to pop them in their ears to start taking calls or enjoying music.

All of this took courage, though, according to Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing.

When Schiller introduced the new iPhone 7, he lauded the company's decision to ditch the traditional headphone jack as courageous.

"The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us," Schiller said.

The most courageous move of all, according to one Twitter user, may be wearing the new AirPods in public. We'll let you be the judge.

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