Transparent AirPods and 29W Power Adapter Prototypes Surface in Photos

Images of transparent prototype AirPods and a 29W Apple power adapter have been shared on Twitter by Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti.

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The prototypes, which appear to be either first-generation or second-generation AirPods, feature clear plastic along the stem and around the outer side of the earbud, with the normal white plastic on the inner side of the earbud. Transparent casings are sometimes used for prototypes to allow engineers to see directly into the device.

Apple has been known to use transparent casings for prototypes dating back to the Macintosh Classic. Other Apple device prototypes, such as for the Macintosh Portable and Newton have emerged over the years, but this is the first time that the striking transparent casing has been seen on an Apple device as recent and as compact as AirPods.

Observers may perceive some coincidental similarities between these prototype AirPods and the design of Nothing's "Ear (1)" true wireless earbuds, which are positioned as a low-cost AirPods Pro competitor.

Last week, Zompetti shared images of a prototype Apple 29W charger with a transparent casing. The 29W power adapter came with the 12-inch MacBook, but was discontinued with that machine in 2018 and replaced with a 30W adapter.

Zompetti is an avid collector of Apple prototype devices and has previously shared images of an Apple Watch Series 3 prototype with additional connectors, an original iPad with two 30-pin ports, an iPhone 12 Pro prototype, a third-generation iPod touch with a rear camera, rare original Apple Watch prototypes, and most notably, a working AirPower prototype.

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Top Rated Comments

asdex Avatar
13 months ago
So they have really crystal clear sound? :)
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kemal Avatar
13 months ago
I really miss the see through designs from 1998-2002.
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TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
13 months ago
This looks pretty cool. It would look ever more cooler if it’s on the iPhone.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
13 months ago
This is it; the closest we'll ever get to black official AirPods.

I like them; they're reminiscent of the metal, black, and white we got in the G4 era.

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mrat93 Avatar
13 months ago
I still miss my transparent-backed iPhone 4 and 4S.



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adamjackson Avatar
13 months ago

You don’t think the 140W adapter might be larger because it’s able to provide more than double the power of your 65W adapters?
[LIST=1]
* Anker 65W: 1.65 x 1.42 x 1.74 (4 ounces)
* Apple 140W: ‎5.52 x 4.64 x 1.28 inches (12 ounces)
* Anker is 4.07 cubic inches
* Apple's is 32.7 cubic inches
* Apple's weighs 3 times as much.
* Apple's charger has about 60% more wattage but is 3x heavier.
* apple's charger is 8 times larger than Anker's by cubic inches

electronics aren't always a matter of multiplication as a linear curve but apple's is a GAN I charger and Anker's is GAN II that's why it's smaller. I'm challenging Apple who is selling a charger that costs $99 instead of $39 to at least only be double the size of Anker's versus 3X the size and that comes through Apple adopting better design. I think Apple can make their charger smaller and chose not to for price reasons.

There are GAN II 100W adapters out there that are much smaller than Apple's and all I'd lose is, at peak performance, the apple laptop would discharge slightly. I think that's what I'll have to do as Apple's brick is just too large for travel.
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