With the launch of AirPods Pro last fall, Apple made it clear the AirPods lineup has room to grow. Even the original AirPods design is in its second generation. Reports continue to surface that Apple is working hard behind the scenes to bring new features to the wireless earphones. While the next AirPods release date is unknown, leaks point to on-board health monitoring capabilities.
Some AirPods Pro owners have had issues with crackling, static, or noise cancellation while listening to their earphones. Firmware version 2B588, which was rolled out in November seems to be the culprit behind some of these problems. Apple has since released updates for the AirPods Pro, with the latest firmware version 2D15. It's easy to check what firmware is installed on your AirPods.
AirPods automatically connect to devices that are in proximity and logged into the same iCloud account. If you've already set up your AirPods on the iPhone, and your Mac is signed into the same iCloud account, AirPods will be recognized automatically. If you're having trouble, open the AirPods case and check the Bluetooth menu in the macOS status bar to connect.
AirPods can be paired almost instantly across devices that are all connected to the same iCloud account. The earphones seamlessly switch between devices based on proximity and other factors, as long as the same iCloud account is used.
AirPods are designed to be used together. Pairing each AirPod to its own Bluetooth audio source does not work.
Despite some AirPods owners trying various methods to pair each AirPod to a different device, these tricks have mixed results. Pairing each AirPod separately requires distance between the two earphones, and will fail if both devices are linked to the same iCloud account.