Apple AirPods Streetwear Makeover Concepts

From some of streetwear’s most revered.

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Leading up to the release of the iPhone 7 – sans headphone jack – rumors to whether or not the phone would come packaged with a set of earbuds had been flying around. Shortly after the official unveiling on September 7, the phone saw favor to updated Lightning-connected EarPods and the new audacious wireless AirPods.

Set to ship in late October, Apple’s AirPods have already been receiving a ton of criticism for its functionality and just outright look and style. As Apple tries to take us into a wireless future, most of us are wondering the basic, what happens if my AirPods fall out? Though many have speculated the real biggest reason why Apple ditched the tried-and-true headphone jack was for better improved water resistance, some believed the real reason is so that Apple can convince you to purchase the brand new, futuristic, completely wireless AirPods.

Right they were; instead of being packaged with the iPhone itself, Apple announced the high-end, wireless earbuds would be considered a premium accessory… one that costs a whopping $159 USD. Set with a built-in W1 chip for audio processing and pairing, the AirPods automatically sync up to all your Apple devices that use the same Apple ID. But with its polarizing, futuristic design, can its new wireless look translate easily into today’s aesthetics?

Sites such as Reddit, Instagram and Twitter have already made it its business to create memes for the little buds’ awkwardness of tech wearability, comparing them to objects ranging from cigarette butts to tampons. Seems like the general consensus is, people think they’re ugly. So, it most likely won’t be long until we see a saturation of accessories being made to keep your AirPods from being lost, dropped and damaged, saving you from having to spend another $50 USD just to replace one, all while keeping you looking stylish.

With brand logos making their way onto everything from toothbrushes to bricks, it wouldn’t be a surprise should they step up their accessory game and go down the route of styling the AirPods. Here are some streetwear labels we hope to see in the future; From Palace’s signature Tri-Ferg logo and OFF-WHITE’s “Industrial Belt,” to BAPE’s iconic Shark face and camo, check out the concepts above.

Welcome to the wireless future. Do you miss the headphone jack already?

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