Apple is set to expand the functionality of AirPods with the upcoming release of iOS 11. The update builds on a string of firmware updates that have been rolled out to Apple's wireless headphones since their initial release. The most significant new feature came with iOS 10.3, allowing AirPods to be found using the iCloud service Find My AirPods.
AirPods are incredibly easy to pair with any iPhone running iOS 10 or later. Apple continues to tout the simplicity and reliability of the AirPods' built-in W1 chip. As the availability of AirPods improves, more Apple fans will give them a try. Follow these steps to connect AirPods to your iPhone for the first time:
You can connect your AirPods to you iPhone in iOS 11 or later by swiping up on your Home screen to open Control Center. From here perform a long press on the Music controls then press the triangle icon in the upper right hand corner of the pop-up window. From here you will be able to switch devices and connect your AirPods to your iPhone.
AirPods have broken new ground when it comes to customer satisfaction. The wireless headphones, launched in late 2016 are still in their first year of release. Consumers have registered the highest satisfaction compared to any new product in Apple history. According to Creative Strategies and Experian, fully 98 percent of AirPod owners are satisfied with their purchase.
Looking for a pair of AirPods? The standard white version currently ships in six weeks, as demand has outstripped supply. While Apple does not offer different colors at this time, anyone willing to wait an extra 4-6 weeks longer can fully customize their AirPods thanks to ColorWare. The company offers 29 solid colors, 29 metallic colors and two different finishes to choose from.