So do you guys tolerate the lack of direct control on the Airpods?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by techiebug, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. techiebug macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2013
    My unit just arrives today. However I'm having a big concern over the lack of music control on the Airpods. Using Siri to do this simple task is really dumb. Doing this on the phone is a big inconvenience as well. So do you guys get used to it? Or have no problem at all?
  2. defboob macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2008
  3. twinlight macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2016
    I put them in and ask Siri to play Beats 1. Off I go..

    Or I launch Discover weekly in Spotify and start running threadmill.

    I really dont do much changing of songs or volume with Siri. Its easy and not akward doing it in public with the watch.
  4. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I have an Apple Watch

    That said when I'm at home it's not an issue using my phone
  5. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    It is a little bit of a pain but I either just use my phone or watch to change the song/volume.
  6. techiebug thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2013
    Ugh I got rid of my Apple watch a while ago so I'm stuck with using the phone. Siri is not an option to use in a quiet place like my work office...
  7. Relentless Power, Dec 29, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2016

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    No issues, that's exactly what the product was listed to do, knowingly before I purchased this. As this this is a new product, there was no previous iteration before this. Being accustomed to the Siri controls are straight forward and simplistic for me.
  8. raqball, Dec 29, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2016

    raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016

    If I didn't have an Apple Watch I probably either would not have gotten them from the start or I would have returned them.. I did try them without the watch and it's not the greatest experience in the world using Siri to change songs, volume ect...

    They flat out rock with the Apple Watch though..
  9. CharlesShaw macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2015
    I am going to hire a personal assistant to hold the phone for me and control the music, because it is such a huge pain to do it myself. /s
  10. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    I didn't buy the AirPods for their lack of direct controls, but that aspect also didn't stop me from buying them. So far they have proven well-suited for their intended use.

    Since I haven't used these kind of earphones before I guess the closest answer I can give is that I've gotten used to how they operate.
  11. jonnyb macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2005
    Rye/London, UK
    Apple Watch set to keep the last used app (ie Music or Now Playing) on screen for an hour. Job done.
  12. GlenK macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2013
    St. Augustine, FL
    Took a couple minutes to adjust to the double tap for Siri but then they are fine. They do hear and understand my voice incredibly well, even in a loud busy gym.
  13. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    lol - so funny as it points out AirPods lack such a critical feature.
  14. ShadowYYZ macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2016
    Tulsa Oklahoma
    So how do I use my apple
    Watch to control my volume? I have 3.1 and don't see battery status

    I use tidal app. Not sure if that is why I can't see controls
  15. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    I switched double tap to play/pause.

    From there if I need to adjust volume I just squeeze the phone in my pocket, don't even need to take it out.
  16. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    Didn't look at the product before you bought it, then?
  17. twinlight macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2016
    Today I've been out doing downhill skiing and I used one AirPod at a time. Such an amazing combination with the watch. I have two layers of clothing, gloves, cap and helmet yet so easy to either hit the side of my head to activate Siri on the AirPod or even better when just raising the arm and say call my brother. A small tap on the arm and the call is coming in on the AirPod. No screens, no fingers and no hassles.

    Also, I never lost them in the snow..
  18. Skylined69 macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    Glasgow, UK
    Not too much hassle I can use my watch or my phone, tend to leave the volume where it is all the time but I do find the Siri controls cumbersome.

    I've got a feeling this will be like the watch OS the first version was ok but I expect they'll make changes through a future software update in fact given the negative reviews about the lack of control without the use of Siri they might be mad not to release an update for this.

    Don't see any reason why they can't use the following double tap on left bud to go back a track same on the right to advance one track, triple tap on the left bud to reduce volume same on the right to increase, play pause is already perfect in my opinion by taking one bud out and Siri could be invoked using hey Siri.

    All of that could be pushed to the Airpods through a firmware update in combination with an iOS software update. Get the feeling it was more of a decision to try and highlight the use of Siri by Apple rather than technical drawbacks.
  19. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Even when I used wired headphones I mostly found myself changing the songs with my phone and not the controls on the wire.
  20. zea mays macrumors 6502

    zea mays

    Feb 10, 2007
    Exactly. Love this!!
  21. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I never thought about using my watch this way but it works.
  22. megapopular macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2007
    Curious, if you're in an office, how much trouble is it to use your iPhone to control playback, volume, etc?
  23. ulinerg macrumors regular


    Oct 21, 2014
    Ottawa, Canada
    Once I got the hang of the basic commands Siri works great for me.
    And here in the Great White North it works well for winter operations when I can't get at my Apple watch and I don't have to try to double click on a little switch dangling off a cord that is buried under my winter coat/scarf.

    I wasn't initially pleased as I don't really use Siri but I have adapted and learned a new skill.

    Give them some time and if they fit and don't fall out you will get to love them.
  24. GlenK macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2013
    St. Augustine, FL
    ^^Same for me ulinerg. It just took a little practice on the double tap and siri is working great for controls.
  25. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
    If I didn't have an Apple Watch, I wouldn't have any AirPods.

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