Fake AirPods: how to spot if your Apple earbuds are the real deal

The Apple AirPods are among the most popular wireless earbuds on the planet, with their iconic protruding stem design resulting in a huge influx of true wireless earbuds manufacturers paying homage to the buds.  Their popularity has only been cemented by the release of the Apple AirPods Pro, which brought active noise cancellation to the earbuds – and more recently, the launch of the Apple AirPods 3, which saw in an upgraded design and support for Spatial Audio. While there are plenty of legitimate AirPods-alternatives on the market today (some of which are actually far better than Appleā€™s earbuds in terms of design and audio quality), the popularity of the AirPods has given rise to a troubling trend for fakery.

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