AirPods Tidbits: Hidden Apple Watch Features, Durability Test, and High Resale Prices

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Apple's AirPods are now making their way into the hands of the first round of customers who ordered the wireless headphones last Tuesday, and more tidbits of information about the device have been shared online as users play around with Apple's newest product.

Apple Watch Features

One Apple Watch wearer noticed that when a call comes in through the wearable, there's a custom AirPods button when the headphones are connected and playing music. The AirPods button replaces the usual green answer button, simply designating that the call will be relayed through the AirPods and not through the Apple Watch speaker.


Users of Apple's wearable can also swipe up from their watch face, tap battery percentage in control center, and check on their AirPods' battery levels from the Watch. Otherwise, the AirPods' battery levels can be checked in the iPhone's battery widget.

Durability Test

As is the case with most new Apple devices, durability tests are also underway, and YouTube channel EverythingApplePro this week shared one of the first major real-world drop and water tests with the AirPods. In the video, the headphones are put through basic drop tests from waist and ear height, and then to upwards of ten feet. Scuffs and marks hit the charging case hardest, but the AirPods themselves made it through largely unscathed thanks to their lightweight build. Most importantly, both the AirPods and the charging case continued to work normally after each drop.


Water tests were also conducted on the AirPods, including a washing and drying cycle that confirmed the headphones and the case will survive and function as expected even after accidentally including them in a load of laundry. The channel's ultimate stress test was five minute submersion under one foot of water. Even with those extreme conditions, the AirPods synced up with the iPhone immediately after submersion, and both headphones were "working perfectly."

Resale Prices

Naturally, with so many people looking to gift the AirPods to family and friends for Christmas, resale prices are rising on eBay. Most auctions are sitting around the $250 mark with hours left to go, and guaranteed shipping by Christmas, but some Buy it Now prices are set at upwards of $350 and $500. Prices will only continue to inflate as Christmas grows closer and shipping costs rise to overnight packages.

Availability and Tracking

Certain retailers like Best Buy in the United States and Carphone Warehouse in the United Kingdom have restocked AirPods throughout the week, but Apple's online website now has an estimated delivery in mid-February for most countries. Anyone who wants to keep as up to date as possible on AirPods availability can use iStockNow's tracking map to see where the headphones are currently available.

Users are likely to glimpse a map filled with red pins indicating no stock available, but we've seen occasional green pins show up throughout the morning. You'll have to be fast though, as they sell out very quickly.

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Damn, these are fundamentally still £30 sounding headphones that I really like but you would be crazy to pay over RRP.

Forgetting the SQ of these, they are very light, fit is a personal issue, have a very good mic and have excellent BT connectivity . The charging case is great to keep the battery charged up and keep them safe.

Okay, they look weird, but in my case not an issue as my hair covers my ears. If I had short hair.....dunno.
 

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Can anyone with the AirPods tell me if you can adjust the volume using Siri during a phone call? I checked out many reviews on youtube but still have not found an answer.

I really dislike that they do not have a way to physically adjust the volume like the EarPods and some other BT headsets have (meaning without touching the phone or AW).
 

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There, learned something new today. I've never looked at the battery display on my watch, nice to know it shows the AirPods even when they're paired with the phone instead of the watch. I rarely use my phone, actually, I usually listen to music/radio through my iPads. Now that I see how integrated the watch is with the AirPods and phone, I'll be using my phone more.
 
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Can anyone with the AirPods tell me if you can adjust the volume using Siri during a phone call? I checked out many reviews on youtube but still have not found an answer.

I really dislike that they do not have a way to physically adjust the volume like the EarPods and some other BT headsets have (meaning without touching the phone or AW).
I don't think Siri ever worked during a call. Wouldn't the person on the other end hear your commands? Unless, the person you are talking to is Siri lol.
 
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CAN WE GET OVER A HEADPHONE? THANKS. so much drama about it.

Thousands of youtube videos about this ****.

Unboxings like people are having orgasms...

Is this humans have turned into? about a stupid bluetooth device?

If you want it...buy it...if not dont buy it...Simple....If Apple makes feces people are gonna unbox it and make a big deal if it is good or not. Most just want views, show off, anyway. I'm done about all these news of AirPods...going crazy.
 
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Had my AirPods for 24 hours so far.

So far so good, loving them. There is no exaggeration when it comes to how they connect. It's instant, effortless, and is pretty magical compared to reg bluetooth. On my Apple Watch, iPhone, and MacBook, I have yet to find the slightest hiccup.

As far as sound quality I have 0 complaints. They sound great even in noisy environments and the sound quality using the two mics (I haven't used just 1) is fantastic as well.
 

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Here's another AirPod easter egg that I just discovered last night - if you tripple-tap one and then double-tap the other within 2 seconds they'll auto-tune the iPhone into the SETA site and listen in on the raw space-chatter feed. It's so cool and I'm surprised Apple hasn't documented this yet. One alien even talked to me this morning but I was busy eating cereal so it sounded kinda muffled.
 

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I'm in no rush. I've gone this long without. I'll wait till I can walk into Best Buy and buy a set.
 

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I don't think Siri ever worked during a call. Wouldn't the person on the other end hear your commands? Unless, the person you are talking to is Siri lol.
I figured this was the case, but this was the response I got on the forums when I asked how to adjust the volume, and I responded the same way you did.

Of course, no one tested using Siri during a phone call so that's why I asked again.

I was interested in the AirPods, but not if I have to use my phone to adjust the volume, that won't work for me.
 
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Damn, these are fundamentally still £30 sounding headphones that I really like but you would be crazy to pay over RRP.

Forgetting the SQ of these, they are very light, fit is a personal issue, have a very good mic and have excellent BT connectivity . The charging case is great to keep the battery charged up and keep them safe.

Okay, they look weird, but in my case not an issue as my hair covers my ears. If I had short hair.....dunno.
Curious...

Have you tried a phone call with them yet? If so, how is the reported sound quality at the other end of the call?

Also, I assume you can use a single AirPod when taking a phone call. Is that true?
 

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To see the AirPods battery life on Apple Watch they need to be connected to the watch itself and not the phone if not it won't show up.

EDIT: I was wrong. They can be connected to your phone and it'll still show the battery life on the Watch. Happy now people?
 
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