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 supposedly ...
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 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 (+ ...
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 ...
They cribbed the serial number off an actual pair of AirPods which the counterfeiter probably saw at an Apple store. If you had bought two, you would notice the same serial number on both.
The counterfeiters easily could have done a better job. It's their version of open disclosure: they're not even trying to hide that these are knockoffs. In the same ...
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 ...
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.
... 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 this ...
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 ...
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 ...
They will have seamless switching as of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.
When your other devices are signed in with the same Apple ID as your iPhone, AirPods automatically switch between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
For example, if you’re listening to another device with your AirPods but you want to listen to your iPhone instead, start ...
iOS 13 Update: Quickly connect to AirPods in control center by force touching Bluetooth and selecting AirPods.
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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 ...
UPDATE: Before using Putty, I recommend using a Q-Tip/tissue to clean the surface (while being careful not to push anything into the mesh).
Wall/Mounting Putty works wonders!
Any brand is fine (likely available in your local drugstore), 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 ...
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 ...
EDIT: This has improved with iOS 14:
In iOS 14, Turn off "Ask Before Running" to avoid getting a notification and have automations run automatically in the background. See full list at See https://support.apple.com/guide/shortcuts/enable-or-disable-a-personal-automation-apd602971e63/ios
Not all triggers can make an automation run in the background....
You don't need an Internet connection at all.
Per the Technical specifications under System Requirements:
iPhone and iPod touch models with the latest version of iOS
iPad models with the latest version of iPadOS
Apple Watch models with the latest version of watchOS
Mac models with the latest version of macOS
Apple TV models with the latest version of tvOS
I was having the same issue.
And for me was the apple wireless keyboard and my Logitech MX master mouse.
Basically anything Bluetooth.
As soon as I connected the mouse using the dongle and the keyboard with the charging cable the Apple AirPods 2 start working just fine.
This is very annoying as I can not connect anything to my laptop without getting this ...
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 ...
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.