Apple's AirPods ($185 at Walmart) are available just in time for the holidays. The wireless earbuds use Apple's new W1 chip, first announced back in September, to pair and communicate with your Apple devices.
That chip is the secret to a simple setup and pairing process -- simpler than pairing any other Bluetooth device. Connecting your AirPods to many devices is a breeze.
Step 1 (there's only one step)
After unboxing the AirPods, unlock your iPhone then open the AirPods container. Don't do anything else. After a few seconds, there will be a popup on your iPhone asking if you want to connect the AirPods to it. Tap on Connect. A few seconds later, the popup will display the current battery level of your AirPods and the charging case.
No, really. You're finished. That was the entire pairing process not only for your iPhone, but also for any Apple device (save for the Apple TV) that's signed into your Apple ID.
Meaning, your iPad, Mac and Apple Watch should now all list the AirPods as a paired device, and show them as a listening option when nearby. Again, you'll need to have the same iCloud account setup on each device for your AirPods pairing to carry over.
Here are the software requirements for each device, according to Apple:
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 10.2 or later
- Apple Watch on or later
- Mac with MacOS Sierra or later