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Price, durability affecting new Apple Airpods sales
Although retailers have reported a surge in Apple's newly launched wireless headphones -- AirPods -- sales, the market has been dogged by concerns about the sound quality, price and durability of product, a media report said.
 
Analysts said that Apple has taken a "misstep" with some critics calling it "user-hostile" and wasteful.
 
"Analysts said that Apple is facing a battle to convince consumers to switch to wireless headphones after controversially scrapping the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7," The Guardian reported on Thursday.
 
On Wednesday, Apple launched its new iPhone without the headphone jack meaning iPhone 7 users must buy wireless headphones or use an adaptor to connect wired headphones to the battery port. 
 
The company will sell its own wireless headphones at $159.
 
"The loss of the headphone jack is likely to divide opinion. The pricey AirPod earphones are part style statement, part practicality but Apple just did not seem to land a persuasive justification for the bold move. The headphone adaptor helps bridge the gap, but suggests a lack of commitment to something touted as a courageous step," Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at price comparison service uSwitch, was quoted as saying.
 
"The removal of the headphone jack is, in our view, not much of an issue. The adaptor may make connecting traditional headphones fiddlier but for most consumers this will not be a significant barrier to purchase," Neil Saunders, chief executive of retail consultancy Conlumino, added.
 
The decision to scrap the traditional headphone socket has also prompted anger on social media and among analysts.
 
More than 300,000 people have signed an online petition criticising Apple for scrapping the headphone jack, claiming it will create "mountains of electronic waste" as people throw out their old headphones. 
 
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Mandi, Sindhudurg emerge cleanest districts in India
Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra have emerged the cleanest districts in India according to a report released here by Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
 
A total of 22 hill districts and 53 plain areas were assessed under the Gramin Swachh Survekshan launched in May this year. Mandi was judged as the cleanest district in 'Hills' category and Sindhudurg cleanest in the 'Plains' category.
 
Besides, the districts of Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Nadia (West Bengal) and Satara (Maharashtra) feature at the top of the index.
 
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation had commissioned Quality Council of India (QCI) to carry out the assessment. 
 
Each district has been judged on four distinct parameters. Maximum weightage was placed on accessibility to safe toilets and water. 
 
The parameters to judge sanitation status include households having access to safe toilets, households having no litter around, public places with no litter in the surrounding and households having no stagnant waste water. 
 
Tomar congratulated the district administrators, councillors and gram panchayats of all the 75 districts which were assessed for participating in the survey and for giving their feedback. 
 
He also went on to congratulate Mandi and Sindhudurg for leading the Swachh Bharat Mission by example and driving the much needed behavioural change needed in rural society. 
 
The Minister said that this exercise would foster a healthy spirit of competition amongst districts in the race to achieve the cleanest district tag.
 
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