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I am thinking of buying the new AirPods Pro but according to the support page, you “need” at least macOS Catalina 10.15.1 in order to use them. However this is surely misleadingly worded since AirPods work with any modern Bluetooth audio host (Windows, Android, etc.). My question is, since I rely on 32-bit apps on Mojave, what exactly does it mean to not have one of the new OSes?

AFAIK no definitive explanation exists, here are the possible differences I’ve gathered (I don’t know which are true):

  • You’ll have to (gasp) manually pair the AirPods to each device
  • You’ll need to set up button behavior, size test, etc. on one of the newer OSes but your settings should carry over to all devices
  • You’ll need to control noise canceling via the button on the AirPods themselves instead of... a nested menu of the volume button on the menu bar (does this include the Touch Bar?)
  • No audio sharing
  • Switching between devices might be affected somehow (how?)

Is this correct and is there anything else?

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I'm have been using the AirPods Pro with Mojave, so it is definitely possible to use them together.

I didn't need to manually pair the AirPods Pro to the MacBook Pro running Mojave. It paired them with my iPhone, and it automatically synced to the MacBook Pro.

Squeezing the stem of the AirPods to enable/disable ANC, play/pause, forwards/backwards in tracks all works without problems.

There's no setting for ANC in Mojave, but I can control volume up/down like with the regular AirPods.

Switching between devices seem to work the same as with the AirPods. I.e. I can be listening to Spotify on my iPhone, and then on my Mojave Mac click the speaker icon in the status bar and select the AirPods - and I will be hearing sound from the Mac instead of the iPhone.

Mojave also supports displaying charge status of the AirPods Pro in that menu - similar to the AirPods.

As far as I know, Audio Sharing is an iOS-only feature - so that wouldn't be available with either Mojave or Catalina.

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  • Ok I already realized that they work on Mojave to some extent. My question is why does Apple’s support document say they don’t? Does this just mean you can’t use certain features? Which ones? You answered the 1st and 3rd points but what about the rest? (especially the 5th) – Coder-256 Nov 6 '19 at 3:02
  • @Coder25 That Apple support site doesn’t say it Airpods Pro don’t work with Mojave or that you need to have Catalina. What it does say is that you have to have at least one of the OS’s listed; those include iOS. I think you’re misreading the requirements. To setup everything as explained in that site requires access to at least one of Apple’s modern OS’s. However, as you’ve indicated, you use them as simply BT headphones with any BT source. – fsb Nov 6 '19 at 3:11
  • Ok I’m sorry if I didn’t explain the question well. What exactly do you need a new Apple OS for that you can’t do with just any device? Can you clarify what you mean by “To setup everything as explained in that site”, what exactly can I not do without a new Apple OS? – Coder-256 Nov 6 '19 at 3:15
  • @Coder256 I think I listed it in my answer already? - I.e. there's no setting for ANC in Mojave. You need to do that by squeezing the stem. – jksoegaard Nov 6 '19 at 9:36
  • Ok I think I understand with your edit now, thank you for your help – Coder-256 Nov 6 '19 at 14:51
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  • You’ll have to (gasp) manually pair the AirPods to each device
  • You’ll need to set up button behavior, size test, etc. on one of the newer OSes but your settings should carry over to all devices
  • You’ll need to control noise canceling via the button on the AirPods themselves instead of... a nested menu of the volume button on the menu bar (does this include the Touch Bar?)
  • No audio sharing
  • Switching between devices might be affected somehow (how?)
  1. I think this has always been the case. MacOS doesn't have the fancy pairing menu that iOS does. Theres an App called Airbuddy that adds this functionality
  2. This is very likely one of the reasons
  3. also this is another likely reason
  4. I dont think macOS supports audio sharing for bluetooth devices at all. I may be mistaken.
  5. I am not sure about this.
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