AirPods: Bluetooth profile and dual device connection

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  1. IvanX macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    Recently got a pair of AirPods and have a couple of questions:

    1. What BT profiles do AirPods support? When I connect my Bose QC35 to an LG TV, I can control the volume. When I connect my AirPods to the TV, control is not possible. LG say headphones need to have "AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)".

    2. It does not seem to be possible to have AirPods connected to an iPhone and and iPad at the same time. Use case: I'm in an Uber watching stuff on my iPad and want to answer a call that comes in. Am I correct that this is not possible and, if yes, does anyone know why? Once again QC35 don't have this issue.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    AirPods don't have a volume control. And by default, when using them with a non-Apple device, the double tap is a play pause. (The profile does appear to be supported though.)

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    You can quickly change the audio source on your iPhone:

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    But the real Apple solution is to be using call continuity, and just answer the call on your iPad: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204681#phone.
     
  3. IvanX thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the pointer on 1.

    Regarding 2, it's not always possible in my situation, because I am not connected to any WiFi when on the move.
     
  4. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    I thought you might be US-based and hence have a carrier that supports iCloud Wi-Fi Calling. (Hopefully it spreads globally soon!)
     
  5. IvanX thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am US-based and AT&T does support WiFi calling, but it still requires being on WiFi, no? Not a great deal of wifi when I am in an Uber.
     
  6. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    Ah, I was assuming that since you were using your iPad it would have internet access. Apologies.
     
  7. IvanX thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What I am still not clear on is why AirPods can't dual-connect to iPhone and iPad. Is this a limitation of the W1 chip or a design decision specifically for APs?
     

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