A curious thing has been happening with new Apple products the past couple years: They don't look new anymore. Apple seems to believe it has hit a design stride where the shapes and screens and curvature of things don't need a dramatic reinvention at this moment in time. AirPods are the latest example of this trend. The new second-generation AirPods look exactly the same as the pair of'pods released in late 2016, those long, white, bakelite-looking sex sticks dangling from the ears of the techno-elite. Over time, AirPods began popping up in (or hanging down from) more ears.