The AirPods are brilliant wireless earbuds from Apple, and they are the world’s most popular wireless model. They do come at a hefty price, though. The second-gen AirPods cost around $200, while the new AirPods Pros are about $250.
At first, you might doubt that the pods are worth that kind of money. However, if you are an owner of an iPad or an iPhone, you’re in for a treat. Here’s how to connect your AirPods to your iPad and some basic stuff about their brilliant features.
How to Connect to iPad and iPhone
One of the most significant benefits of the AirPods is that they are much simpler to use than any other wireless headphone/earphone device. It’s all thanks to the W1, a chip that simplifies the Bluetooth equation. Make no mistake, though, as AirPods connect via Bluetooth. Therefore, you can use them on other, even non-Apple devices.
So, to connect your AirPods to your iPad, you should activate the Bluetooth on your tablet. Then, provided that the pods are fully charged, flip the case open. In a matter of seconds, a prompt will pop up on your device’s screen. That indicates that your tablet has detected the AirPods. Tap Connect in this popup, and the AirPods should pair with your device.
If, for some reason, your iPhone or iPad doesn’t automatically detect the AirPods, close the lid and turn the case around. On the back, you’ll see a round button. Press it and open the cover again. Now, your devices should connect.
If this still doesn’t happen, you’re going to have to pair the devices using the Bluetooth menu on your tablet. Go to Settings, navigate to Bluetooth, and you should see your AirPods on the list. Tap and connect.
The most recently introduced AirPods Pros have the brilliant Active Noise Cancellation feature. In a nutshell, with Active Noise Cancelation, the microphones found on the outer side of the pods detect incoming noise. Then, they sort out that noise and cancel the sounds before you hear them.
There’s also the Transparency mode that lets the ambient noise through. Both Active Noise Cancelation and Transparency mode work best if the pods fit you well.
First and second-gen AirPods were great, but they were shaped like the regular EarPods. As it turns out, this was a problem for many users with large earholes, causing the buds to fit awkwardly and fall out. With AirPods Pros, Apple has introduced a wireless earphone with rubber tips. You get multiple sizes to choose from, straight out of the box, allowing you to find the one that suits you best.
Ear tips have been a long-coming innovation that makes the AirPods Pros worth the switch from the AirPods 2.
One Bud Stereo
Oddly enough, many people use one AirPod bud at a time. That makes sense because each AirPod is capable of playing stereo sound. It also means that you can charge one bud while using the other, which makes for a seamless listening experience.
Of course, the AirPods have a battery life of up to 5 hours, which is more than enough for most commutes. Oh, and they charge very quickly.
AirPods can temporarily boost your hearing, too. That’s great for people with impaired hearing. However, you can also use this feature to hear something from a considerable distance. Alternatively, you can use them in loud environments to boost your hearing to certain sounds.
These are only some of the benefits that AirPods offer. Yes, they cost $200-$250, which isn’t a small amount of money, but they are worth every penny if you like the features.
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