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Microsoft is reportedly planning to roll out its own Surface-branded AirPods alternative

By Polycount ยท 6 replies
Apr 15, 2019
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  1. Regardless of how you feel about Apple as a company, it's tough to deny that their AirPods were fairly innovative for their time. Wireless earbuds have existed for years, of course, but few are as long-lasting, convenient, and compact as the AirPods.

    However, lately, the earbuds have faced increasing competition from other tech companies. Samsung revealed the Galaxy Buds back in February, and they are functionally quite similar to the AirPods (though the Buds come in a smaller, more elegant form factor).

    Now, Microsoft could be looking to force its way into the wireless earbud arena with its own AirPods alternative, codenamed "Morrison." This information comes from a Thurrott report, which claims that the earbuds will likely ship under the Surface brand name.

    Microsoft could be looking to force its way into the wireless earbud arena with its own AirPods alternative, codenamed "Morrison."

    Apparently, Microsoft wants to cover the two "major categories" of headphones: over-ear and in-ear. The tech giant has already accomplished the former with the launch of its Surface Headphones, and project Morrison will undoubtedly fit the latter category.

    In terms of features, we don't know much about Morrison at the moment. Thurrott does say that the buds could contain a feature that "[improves] interactions between a phone and the earbuds" to make reading websites, e-books, and other digital content easier on smartphones, but that functionality may not make it into the final product.

    Pricing and release date information is unknown, and there's no guarantee that Morrison will ever see the light of day. Tech companies create and shut down product ideas regularly, often before the public even catches wind of them.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    I remember when everyone was insulting Apple for dropping the headphone jack.

    THEN they started COPYING Apple.

    I remember when everyone was insulting Apple for making a notch for the Face ID cameras.

    THEN they started COPYING Apple.

    I remember when everyone was insulting Apple for making cordless earbuds.

    THEN they started COPYING Apple.
     
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,001   +3,483

    Other's copying Apple are like all those who made pet rock knock-offs. Apple is dumb for removing features like the 3.5mm jack and the *****s following along are even more so.

    Apple most certainly wasn't the first to release wireless earbuds either. That was in 2015. Most likely what people were insulting Apple for was their insane price for mediocre quality.
     
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  4. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Addict Posts: 130   +90

    Airpods were really not "fairly innovative", because they were pretty far from being the first TWS.
    They created the hype for this category, no question about it.

    Considering M$ and their first headphones being meh at best ... I mean TWS category is even more difficult to get right, so I can only imagine another failure on the market. Or not a failure as a product but a failure as headphones.
     
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    It's not the companies fault that the average user like dumb but cool looking stuff like the notch... Apple has been and will continue to be a seller of status and lifestyle rather than tech, if people can't afford having the real thing they will try to mimic it one way or the other.

    It's not necessary to look like a fanboy to get an idea out there btw.
     
  6. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901


    #1 The Free Market is always right.

    #2 Imitation is the best form of flattery.
     
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  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    #1 Whatever
    #2 Something else whatever

    Oh wait... we were supposed to be on topic...
     

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