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Apple’s wireless AirPods have their first accessory: a wire

on September 13, 2016, 3:45pm

Yes, Apple is really killing the headphone jack, replacing the standard earbud headphones with wireless AirPods. For those who wonder how they’ll keep track of the tiny accessories, good news: Third-party companies are already coming up with ways to ease the transition to AirPods. In fact, the first accessory for Apple’s in-house wireless headphones will look oddly familiar to anyone who has ever used headphones since they came into existence. Spigen’s $10 “Never Lose Your AirPods” attachment is a strap that holds both of the wireless buds together. You know, like a headphone cord used to.

The attachment is already available for purchase on Amazon, though they won’t start filling orders until October 17th. If you’re making the early switch to the iPhone 7, which ships September 16th, you’ll have to find some other way to keep your headphones wrangled for the time being. But $10 to solve a problem that didn’t exist until just now seems like a steal, right?

AirPods also drop September 16th, and you can pre-order this accessory now. Of course, if you’d rather just stick to your old headphones, Apple’s offering a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter for that — which has lead to a 1,000-fold increase in the use of the word “dongle” in recent weeks.

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