Apple AirPods Review – day 5Posted: December 23, 2016
Thank Apple again! Many of us get our long-awaited AirPods this week! It is said that many receive early deliveries of their online orders too. Cheers!
General feedbacks about AirPods are very positive. Fortune says AirPods are Perfect! Forbes believes AirPods is a bigger business than Apple Watch. They maybe the most physically resilient Apple product too!
After using it for five days, I observe a few things and have some comments:
1.AirPods does not support multi-point (connecting the headset to two devices simultaneously) which is a common feature of modern Bluetooth headphones. (One iPhone is better than many non-iPhones. Then why we need this? Because it is strange to speak to the Apple Watch when the digital crown is pressed while AirPods are in the ears.)
2.When remove the AirPods from the case, AirPods will by default try connecting to the last connected device. It requires manual connection on another device if your want to switch the AirPods to the that device.
3.If you switch on another Bluetooth headset/speaker then your iPhone will connect to it and switch the audio source to it.
4.By default double-tap triggers Siri. It can be changed to Play/Pause or Off at iOS Settings > Bluetooth. It is not configurable in Sierra and hence always Siri. Different iOS devices can have different configurations. Say double-tap to trigger Play/Pause when AirPods connect to iPhone, and to trigger Siri when AirPods connect to iPad.
5.AirPods works with non-Apple devices such as Android tablets and Nokia phones. Double-tap can trigger Play/Pause only. Take an AirPod out from ear will pause audio.
6.AirPods connectivity is very very good! They work even if the iPhone is a different room ten of meter away!
7.AirPods stay firm and comfortable in ears. At least my ears. It is fine to wear it/them the whole day, no matter you are sitting, walking, running, typing, eating or sleeping! It is always on. It is private. We can expect more applications using audio communication and interaction. And yes, it changes behavior!
My wish list items for the next generation:
-Apple Watch complication for Now Playing, to allow one click control of sound volume via Apple Watch. This requires no hardware update and should be easy:)
customisable equaliser Update: from iPhone User Guide: Go to Settings > Music > EQ. EQ settings generally apply only to music played from the Music app, but they affect all sound output. Thank AppleInsider.
-optional noise cancellation or reduction
-a physical hole or something on the case. It will be convenient if the case can be connected to keychain. One drawback is will sketch the case surface…
Merry Christmas! Happy Holiday! And I want to share this song with you – Hallelujah by Killard House Special School choir: