Take a stroll down Adenike road. Sit for one minute at Amazing Delicacy or Mama Tope. Look to your left at New Lab Complex. Look to your right outside Bee House. There’s an almost certain chance that you’ll see a peculiar white object poking out of someone’s ears. Don’t be too started when you do. It’s just the Apple Airpods, and they’re taking over LAUTECH.
Since its release in late 2016, the tiny alien objects have taken over the global market in the all-too-familiar strategic fashion associated with most Apple products, selling about 16 million units in just two years. And despite being relatively pricey when converted to Naira, the ₦67,999 Apple Airpods have relentlessly wiggled their way into the ears of Nigerian, and moreso, Ladokites.
To put into perspective the rate at which Ladokites purchase the Apple Airpods, an Apple merchant in Adenike area who sells his for ₦60,000 and the customized ones which vary in colours for #120,000 simply said, “they buy it like pure water.”
For a user like Ibrahim, a 400 level student of Pure and Applied Biology, the Apple Airpods transcend being just utilitarian to being a way of life. Apart from its various feature which includes being wireless, having voice and ear sensitivity, smart charging, personalization, and good sound — which he attests makes it worth its price — , he said the Airpods also serve as fashion accessories. “If you’re wearing all black and pair it with white Airpods, it’s always very nice,” he said. “And the way the structure is, when you put it in your ear, people will always compliment that they like it.”
However, it turns out not every seeming ‘Airpod’ sticking out of someone’s ears is an actual Airpod. Apparently, the popularity of Apple Airpods has birthed a flooding of fakes and Android versions in the market which cost between ₦2,000 and ₦6,000. Let’s call them the Androidpod.
One user of the ‘Androidpod’ who chose to remain anonymous confirmed that the fake ones cannot perform the functions of an Apple Airpod and even have different features. Stating some of the features, the user said the ‘Androidpods’ “notifies you when you have a call and tells you who the caller is, and you can also listen to your music with it.”
Whether real or fake, one this is clear: Airpods have taken over.