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Teen Brilliantly Turns Apple Wired EarPods into AirPods for Just $4

The teen, a Reddit user, hacked together an old pair of wired Apple headphones and some hot glue into a punk pair of DIY wireless earbuds

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15-year-old teen has brilliantly turned Apples wired EarPods into AirPods for just $4. Wikimedia Commons

Buying a pair of new AirPods might sound scary as one needs to splurge nearly $160. However, a 15-year-old teen has brilliantly turned Apples wired EarPods into AirPods for just $4.

The teen, a Reddit user, hacked together an old pair of wired Apple headphones and some hot glue into a punk pair of DIY wireless earbuds.

“I started this project roughly two months ago when my friend got a new pair of AirPods for his birthday and I thought to myself, ‘that’s quite a lot of money for something I can make at home,'” Sam Cashbook wrote in a Reddit message, the Vice reported on Saturday.

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The teen started watching videos of people making their own AirPods, but mostly found people chopping the wires off of Apple headphones as a joke. Wikimedia Commons

The teen started watching videos of people making their own AirPods, but mostly found people chopping the wires off of Apple headphones as a joke.

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He bought a hands-free bone conduction headset from eBay (which transfers the sound vibrations from the bones outside your ear, to the inner ear), and took apart the casing to reveal the electronics.

Then, he desoldered the wires from the original speaker in the headset, and connected his old Apple earbud speaker to the headset’s printed circuit board, the report added. (IANS)

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Apple AirPods to Become $15bn Business in 2020

The company is likely to maintain 50 per cent of the true wireless hearables market share globally in 2020

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For Wireless Hearables, Apple is also expected to show a significant turnaround in Q4 fuelled by its new model, AirPods Pro. In 2020, Apple will maintain a strong market leadership based on its loyal customer base, with advanced product and marketing strategies. Pixabay

Apple sold $6 billion worth of AirPods this year and is set to rake in $15 billion in revenue from the true wireless hearables in 2020, according to the famed Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi.

Apple could sell as many as 85 million AirPods next year, making AirPods the company’s third-largest business after iPhones and ipads by 2021, Sacconaghi said in a note published on Friday.

However, reports CNBC, the AirPod’s run may be short-lived.

“Given AirPods’ extraordinarily steep adoption curve and rapid saturation of the iPhone installed base, we see a dramatic deceleration in AirPods revenue growth by 2021 or 22, to single digit growth rates or possibly lower,” said Sacconaghi.

Apple recently doubled its monthly AirPods Pro production from one million to two million units per month.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook often refers to privacy on iPhone as a fundamental human right and the company aims to minimise customer data collection. Pixabay

The size of the global market for true wireless hearables is expected to touch 120 million units this year and 230 million units in 2020, growing 90 per cent year on year (YoY), according to Counterpoint Research.

Apple is expected to show a significant turnaround in Q4 this year fuelled by AirPods Pro.

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In 2020, Apple will maintain a strong market leadership based on its loyal customer base, with advanced product and marketing strategies in the wearables segment, says Counterpoint Research”s “Hearables Market Forecast”.

The company is likely to maintain 50 per cent of the true wireless hearables market share globally in 2020. (IANS)