OP here – I'd just like to add to the answer below, that I've been in contact with Apple Support.
Apple claims that the poor Mono 8kHz quality which affects recording and indeed simultaneously playback on Mac when the AirPod microphones are activated, is because the SCO codec then gets employed over the entire Mac audio system. This is ...
I'm an AirPods user and so far I have not found them to switch seamlessly between my 2016 MacBook Pro and iPhone 7 Plus.
The switching is manual: select AirPods on the MacBook Pro, or connect Bluetooth on the iPhone. If a call comes through on the iPhone whilst on a Skype call on the MacBook Pro, you will have to pick up on the phone.
The "simultaneous" ...
I found this on the Apple Discussion boards:
... they are aware of the issues and a temporary workaround is to switch
the mic from the AirPods mic to the internal microphone.
On the discussion post you referenced, there was 217 other people reporting that they too had this issue.
Also from a May 6th Apple Tool Box article:
Many of our readers are ...
I solved this choppy audio issue with just one simple trick.
(This might not work for everyone, but I solved it this way)
If your hardware uses Bluetooth 4.0 instead of 4.2 or above, this solution is highly likely to work for you.
Open System Preferences > Sound > Input
Change sound input from Airpods to Internal Microphone
Long answer (+ ...
There is zero concern for music and videos since the system compensates for audio delay. Same for many games since as long as the visual and audio tracks start at the same time (buffering enough content for each to start and then hoping the new content delivery / creation can keep the buffer from emptying).
Now, technically speaking, the laws of physics and ...
... do I have to keep AirPods with at least 20%+ charge while using?
No. Use the AirPods for what you purchased them for - wireless headphone with Siri control.
Lithium ion batteries don't need to be micro-managed like previous generation batteries needed to. They don't develop a memory and will function (generally) for their usable life.
The key to ...
As the answer already states, it's because the AirPods change to the SCO codec. The bad news is, there is no way to permanently change this in macOS High Sierra¹ - there was a way to fix it in macOS Sierra, so if anyone reads this and hasn't yet updated, try this:
Use Apple's developer tool Bluetooth Explorer. Then you can use Audio Options (under Tools in ...
AirPods allow for "Seamless switching" because you can easily connect Device B without disconnecting the AirPods from Device A (unlike other Bluetooth headphones/speakers).
How to switch AirPods between devices signed into your Apple ID
Airplay in apps that support it
iPhone Control Center: Swipe up (or down from top right), force ...
I don't have a pair of Airpods to test this with but it worked perfectly with a bluetooth speaker and my headphones.
Update: @David Bonnet was kind enough to test this with 2 pairs of Airpods and Apple unfortunately has prevented you from doing this by treating them as special devices rather than as generic bluetooth devices. You can use the steps below to ...
This problem frustrates me to no end. Recently I noticed that when I start a Vagrant/VirtualBox VM (vagrant up), and it prompts me for administrator access (one time I remember it asked for access to the microphone, and I was a bit confused), the audio drops to the low bitrate connection.
I always have my mic set to an external USB mic, and speakers set to ...
If all else fails you can reset both the macOS Bluetooth Device List and Bluetooth Controller. However, this will reset all connected Bluetooth devices, including a keyboard and mouse.
In other words, this will remove all existing pairing information for Bluetooth devices, so each will need to be reconnected.
Before commencing, you will need to have the ...
I was able to find where icons are stored for W1 devices. It appears that this folder already contains assets for every W1 device that exists. You can find icons for W1 devices here:
If you're using Swift on macOS, you can use the following code to programmatically get a device image:
No you don’t need the case to continue listening!
The case is only used for charging/storage and the initial (one time) pairing with your devices.
You can leave the case at home and get full usage out of the AirPods until the battery dies. This includes switching devices, monitoring battery levels, using Find My AirPods, etc.
I typically take the case ...
Apple's support article for AirPods doesn't point to an exact percentage but rather if the case can fully charge the AirPods.
If your AirPods are in your case, then the light shows the charge
status of your AirPods. If not, the light shows the status of your
case. Green means charged, and amber means less than one full charge
remains. If the light ...
Yes they have a delay, just as traditional headphones have a delay (albeit practically imperceptible). It's caused by both the digital to analogue conversion, as well as the variable amount of time it takes the signal to be transmitted and any interference present.
If you're using bluetooth headphones (airpods or otherwise) while playing video, Apple and ...
Head into Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods > Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection feature
When the automatic ear detection feature is turned off, audio will continue to play even fi you take the AirPods out of your ears.
Wall/Mounting Putty works wonders!
Any brand is fine, here’s an example:
Push your AirPods/EarPods (1 at a time) into the putty as much as you can, and then pull them out and you’ll see a bunch of dirt left over on the putty! So satisfying and they’re good as new.
Apple's official answer on this is a bit contradictory: their promotional page lists Apple Watch as a device you can use with them while their main support page only lists Mac and iPhone as compatible devices.
However, you can definitely use the Airpods with any Apple Watch running watchOS 3 or later. The Airpods should automagically connect to the Watch ...
I don't know much about Macs but this is how I got it to work with VLC (generic options described below also):
Set the AirPods bluetooth options to open Siri on double tap
Have something running in the background checking if Siri is open
If it is open, execute Play/Pause and close it, then go back to checking if Siri is open
These are the two scripts ...
It works just fine with applications like
the Lynda.com app from the Mac App Store
YouTube videos played in Safari
However, it does not work with these applications:
QuickTime Player 7
Vox (audio player)
Just because one device sleeps does not make the airpods sync with another device. In such a case nothing happens and you have to manually connect on the device of your choice. I also struggle with this. My devices are not equal and I do different things on my iPhone, iPad, Macbook and iMac.
What would be perfect, as mentioned, is a Siri integration. But ...
Under the Listen with your AirPods section of this Apple support document:
Follow these steps to use your AirPods to play audio from a different
device or to switch the audio to different headphones or speakers.
On your iOS device
Open Control Center. Press deeply or touch and hold
the audio card in the upper-right corner of Control Center ...
I found a way to trick iMovie into accepting my AirPods by creating a new Aggregate Device with the Audio Midi Setup Tool. First launch the Audio Midi Setup app, and click the + in the bottom left of the window. Select Create Aggregate Device
Next select your AirPods input device as the only device in the aggregate and name it something useful.
AirPods only note their location in Find My iPhone when they pair with your device. They have no built in location tracker and no way to communicate to the internet except through your paired iPhone or iPad or Apple Watch.
The person may have reset them, but even if they didn't you wouldn't get any location updates unless the thief walked by and remained ...
Apple support can quote you a repair. Since they have batteries and several processors inside each, immersion and agitation for tens of minutes likely caused an overload / short circuit which will be followed by rapid corrosion of metal in the device.
It’s not as seamless as switching from an iOS device to an Apple Watch. AirPods have to be manually switched from iOS to Mac. You can do this from the Bluetooth menu on the Mac. I also develop an app called ToothFairy that makes this easier. It lets you quickly switch your Mac to the AirPods by clicking an icon in the menu bar or by pressing a hotkey. It ...
I just created a little menu bar app that forces the default input to be the built-in microphone of the mac if exists, if not you can choose your desired default input source. No more sound quality drops and it also increases the battery life. It is free and open source: