Apple AirPods give control over Siri without touching the phone

The new Apple ear buds head out in October but there's still a lot we don't know
Apple AirPods are wire free with Siri smarts

New wireless Apple AirPods are joining the ranks of the freshly announced iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 from the Cupertino company.

There are no buttons to be seen (or felt). Double tapping on an AirPod will let you access Siri to select and control your music, change the volume and check your battery life.

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Apple notes it can also be used to "perform any other Siri task" but so far, it's unclear what Siri can actually do in terms of in ear coaching - if it's even available - and what sorts of commands/queries Siri can handle.

However, similar to the wave of wireless earbuds taking the year by storm - Bragi Dash, Samsung Gear IconX and Jabra to name a few - the AirPods are jam packed with sensors including accelerometers, optical sensors and antennas.

Sitting alongside the sensors is the new Apple W1 chip which helps optimize the audio and battery performance. The accelerometer can detect when you're talking, and focuses the mics on the sound of your voice to filter out external noises to enhance call quality.

Additionally, removing a pod automatically pauses the music, while inserting it back in your ear resumes where you've left off.

Apple AirPods

The ultra-low power chip uses one-third of the power of traditional wireless chips, meaning the AirPods can last up to five hours of listening time on one charge. The charging case can also hold additional charges, for more than 24 hours of total listening time.

The new wireless AirPods, including the charging case will be available for $159 from the Apple store and site starting late October. Your devices also must be running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra which means the AirPods probably aren't compatible with non-iOS smartphones or smartwatches, at least to control Siri but we'll have to wait and see what else Apple has to say on that matter.


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2 Comments

  • strabnade says:

    when you use these ear pods with non Apple devices do you still have the functionality of controlling music playback (since there's no Siri)

    • l.prasuethsut says:

      To be determined! I don't think Apple has mentioned any of those details yet. Will keep this post updated though once we hear more. 

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