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The way we listen to podcasts and music has significantly changed in the last few years. While many are still happy listening to their favorite songs on their cell phone speakers or through wired headphones, others have opted for wireless Bluetooth headphones or earbuds that offer convenience and style.

This rise in demand for wireless headphones has led to the creation of Airpods by Apple. The new generation wireless headphones have some exciting features that make them more than just a regular Bluetooth device.

How do they work? What makes them so special? In this blog post, we will explore the features that make Airpods special so you can make the right choice when buying.

What are Airpods?

Airpods are Apple's wireless earphones that use Bluetooth technology to stream audio from your devices like iPhones, iPads, and iPods touch. You can also use them to stream audio from other compatible devices through Bluetooth. Let's take a look at some of its key features:

What makes Airpods Special?

Apple Airpods have a lot of distinctive features that make them special and in high demand. They are:

Portable and wireless

Apple designed its Airpods to be portable and comfortable for users. The Airpods are similar to the wired earphones that come with iPhones in some ways, like the size, how comfortable users feel when it is on their ear, etc. But they are wireless & small in size, and you can use them for hours without the need to fiddle with the inconvenience wired headphones give you.

Apple produces a one size fits all Airpods for its users (though Airpods Pro come with different sizes of ear tips), which makes them fit in different people's ears. They come with a charging case, which is also smaller than the case of most wireless or Bluetooth headsets.

Easy to pair with your iPhone

Apple designs its products to be compatible with each other. Also, Apple products are easy to use and offer a pleasant user experience. One feature that fits this category is how easy it is to pair Airpods with an iPhone. All you need to do is:

  • Ensure the Airpods are charged and inside their case.
  • Place your iPhone near the Airpods.
  • Open the Airpods charging case.
  • Your iPhone will automatically detect and show an Airpods animation on your phone, which you will need to tap on to connect them.

Charging and battery life

Airpods are charged in their case and, when fully charged, can produce a listening time of up 4 to 6 hours, depending on the Airpods model. The different Airpods models have different battery lives as Apple tries to upgrade a later model to be better than its predecessor.

Third-generation Airpods can give you up to 6 hours of listening time when charged fully. Airpods pro, when fully charged, produces up to 4.5 hours of listening time. The second-generation Airpods can stay up to 5 hours when used to listen to audio, while the first-generation Airpods have up to 4 hours of listening time.

The Airpods charging case uses a wired or wireless charger, depending on the model. The charging case has its own battery and, when fully charged, can serve as a power bank to the Airpods to produce a listening time of up to 24 hours.

Airpods 3 out of its case

Ease of checking battery life

There are lots of ways to check the battery life of your Airpods.

  • The first way is to go to your iPhone control center by swiping from top to bottom (or bottom to top), depending on your iPhone model. There you will see the percentage level of your Airpods.
  • Another way is to open the Airpods charging case close to your phone, and an Airpods animation will show on your screen. The animation will show the battery level of your Airpods and that of the case.
  • The third way is by asking Siri – Apple device's virtual assistant. Just say, "Hey Siri, how many percent is left on my Airpods?" and Siri will tell you. If somehow you don't check your Airpods battery life, Siri will announce it to you three consecutive times when it is 20%, 10%, and 5%.

Compatible with other devices

Although most people believe that due to the H1 chip the Airpods are designed with, they can only work with Apple products. That is not true, as Airpods are configured with a Bluetooth chip to allow a smooth connection to other devices.

Here are detailed explanations of how to connect your Airpods to devices from other brands aside from Apple:

Connect Airpods to Chromebook

Connect Airpods to Android devices

Connect Airpods to laptop

Connect Airpods to ps5

Connect Airpods to Xbox

Compatible with the Apple AI - SIRI

Another feature that makes Airpods special is the ability to use them hands-free by activating Siri. With Apple voice assistant Siri, you can command it to take action. This will allow you to perform some actions on your phones even when your hands are occupied.

Siri has always been a part of the Airpods and is activated by voice when you say, "Hey Siri." Although, for the first-generation Airpods, it is activated by double tapping on the stem.

You can command Siri to reply to your text, play or pause the music, place a call, set the alarm, find your phone, and lots more. You can also talk to Siri in different languages depending on the language you program it for. Siri can understand most of the major languages around the world.

Customizable Names

You can name your Airpods what you wish. This feature can come in handy when there are different people with Airpods around you, and you don't want to connect to someone else's Airpods since all may bear the same name, "Airpods." If you decide to change the name to a unique one, you won't be confused about which Airpods to connect to your phone.

To change the name of your Airpods:

  • Go to your Settings.
  • Select Bluetooth.
  • Go to your list of devices and tap on the "i" next to your Airpods.
  • Select the current name and type in the new name you want your Airpods to bear on the next screen.

Automatic Ear Detection

The Airpods are smart to detect when you've removed them from your ear. When this happens, it automatically pauses the audio coming in, and when you put it back in your ears, it detects that and resumes playing the audio you were listening to.

To enable this feature:

  • Go to your settings on your device and select Bluetooth.
  • Click your Airpods from your list of devices.
  • Go to the Automatic Ear Detection and turn it on.
Is Airpods Noise canceling? (Answered)
Yes, Airpods are Noise canceling. However, Apple added this feature to its Airpods in later models, such as the Airpods Pro. It is known as the ANC or Active Noise Cancelation, one of the two noise control designs that the Airpods.

Customizing the double-tap gestures

This feature makes the Airpods truly special. By double tapping on your Airpods sensors, you can activate different actions. You can decide to make the double tap feature to:

  • Pause or play audio.
  • Skip to the previous track.
  • Skip to the next track.
  • Activate Siri.
  • Or disable the feature totally if you don't find it helpful.

You can do this by:

  • Going to the settings app on your iPhone.
  • Then, select Bluetooth, and from the list of devices, click on your Airpods.
  • Click on the double-tap settings for both the right and left Airpods, then choose any of the actions you prefer.

Note: The double tap actions can differ for the right and left Airpods.

Automatic switching

Automatic switching is one of the special features of Airpods. This feature allows you to switch from one Apple device to another while using your Airpods.

For instance, you connect your Airpods to your iPad, and a call comes in on your iPhone. You can automatically switch from your iPad to your iPhone to answer the call. You can switch back to the iPad to continue enjoying your audio when you are done.

A pair of Airpods

Water Resistant

Airpods are designed to resist light showers and water splashes. They won't get damaged if they come in contact with low velocity and low-pressure water.

For instance, if you are with your Airpods in the gym, you don't need to panic about sweating because they can resist that. Although your Airpods might get damaged if submerged in water because while they may be water resistant, they are not waterproof.

Frequently Asked Question on what makes Airpods special?

Q. Is Airpods worth the price?

A. Yes, Airpods are worth the price. Looking at the amazing features listed above, which you get to access once you purchase an Airpods, and the relative cost, they are worth the money spent on them.

Q. What are Airpods used for?

Airpods are Apple's wireless earphones that receive audio from connected devices. You can use Airpods to play music, listen to podcasts, watch a movie, interact with Siri, make phone calls, etc.

Q. What is the difference between Apple Airpods and Apple Earpods?

A. The main difference between the Apple Airpods and Apple Earpods is that while the Airpods are wireless, the earpods are wired. The Airpods must be charged and use Bluetooth to connect to devices, while the earpods need to be plugged into a device using its audio jack.

Wrap up

Airpods are Apple's wireless earphones that use Bluetooth to stream audio from your iPhone or other compatible devices. This article has explained what Airpods are and what makes them special. We hope you are better informed to make a purchase decision.

If you have questions about what makes Airpods special, kindly leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

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