How did Apple’s AirPods go from mockery to millennial status symbol?

Back in 2016, Apple’s wireless earbuds were ridiculed by the tech
industry. Now, thousands of memes later, the tables have turned

Of all the widely ridiculed tech products, Apple’s AirPods
have experienced an extraordinary turnaround. Back in 2016, they
were roundly mocked by the tech industry. Tiny wireless earbuds? It
seemed like a recipe for disaster – streets would be littered
with these lost headphones, which would clutter up city pavements
like discarded gloves and babies’ socks.

“If only there were an invention that could keep those AirPods
tethered together, like a string,” wrote Ashley Esqueda from the
tech website CNET on Twitter. “The beauty of the headphone cable is
just like the beauty of a tampon string: it is there to help you
keep track of a very important item,” wrote Julia Carrie Wong in the Guardian.

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
How did Apple’s AirPods go from mockery to millennial status symbol?