Basically agree with all of this:
“Still, if the AirPods work anywhere near as well as Apple claims, that’s not an incremental improvement over Bluetooth. It’s the difference between wireless earphones that suck and ones that don’t.
The second big distinction between AirPods and Bluetooth headphones is even more important. The AirPods aren’t just headphones, any more than the first iPhone was just a phone. Between the speaker, embedded microphone, W1 processor, and a bevy of sensor arrays, these earpieces amount to a wearable computer in their own right.”
Every indication I’ve heard is that they do work as well as advertised. And people are surprised because they’re used to Bluetooth earphones. And Bluetooth earphones suck.