Wireless. Effortless. Magical.
AirPods are Apple's first ever truly wireless headphones. As soon as you take AirPods out of their charging case, they will turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac.
If you were listening to music on that device already, it will automatically stream through the AirPods.
AirPods also use optical sensors and a motion accelerometer to detect when they’re in your ears. They also know when they've been taken out of your ears! Removing just one will pause the audio. You can continue to use just one AirPod if the other is placed back in the case.
A double-tap on the AirPods will activate Siri, so you can use voice commands to adjust volume, change track, make calls and run searches or ask for directions.
Also designed by Apple, the new W1 chip is designed to handle wireless connections seamlessly with iCloud connected devices and other equipment with W1 chips.
Bluetooth is still being used to send the audio information - the W1 chip takes away the frustration of pairing with handsets.
Whether you’re using both AirPods or just one, the W1 chip automatically routes the audio and engages the microphone. When you’re on a call or talking to Siri, an additional accelerometer works with beamforming microphones to filter out background noise and focus on the sound of your voice.
The W1 chip is also extremely low power. This allows the AirPods to have excellent battery life. You can listen to a continuous 5 hours of music on a single charge.
Add in the portable charging case and you can keep them topped up throughout the day. Just 15 minutes in the case delivers 3 hours of charge. The case is also good for several full charges of the AirPods from empty.
AirPods Sensors (each):
Power and Battery