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The new third-generation AirPods drop support for older iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models previously supported by the second-generation AirPods.

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According to Apple's specifications page for the new AirPods, the third-generation AirPods do not support the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the iPhone 5s. They also drop support for the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 alongside the sixth-generation iPod touch. Apple’s footnotes for the new AirPods‌ explain why, stating that some of the features require iOS 13, which none of the above-listed devices support.
Some features require iOS 13 or iPadOS, which are not compatible with iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPod touch (6th generation), iPad Air (1st generation), iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 2. Audio Sharing not supported.
The new third-generation AirPods are being offered alongside the second-generation AirPods, as well as the higher-end AirPods Pro. The new AirPods are available for pre-order today and will begin shipping next week.

Article Link: Third-Generation AirPods Require iOS 13, Drop Support for Older iPhones, iPads, and iPods
 

zorinlynx

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Aren't Airpods able to be regular Bluetooth headphones? If so, shouldn't you be able to use them with any iPhone going all the way back to 2007? You'd think that would be the case since you can use them with Android phones and Windows PCs too.

Apple would have had to put specific code in the AirPods to break pairing with older iOS versions.
 

profets

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Aren't Airpods able to be regular Bluetooth headphones? If so, shouldn't you be able to use them with any iPhone going all the way back to 2007? You'd think that would be the case since you can use them with Android phones and Windows PCs too.

Apple would have had to put specific code in the AirPods to break pairing with older iOS versions.

This is true, and its mentioned in the footnotes on Apple's site:

"AirPods can be used as Bluetooth headphones with Apple devices using earlier software and with non-Apple devices, but functionality is limited."
 

szw-mapple fan

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Aren't Airpods able to be regular Bluetooth headphones? If so, shouldn't you be able to use them with any iPhone going all the way back to 2007? You'd think that would be the case since you can use them with Android phones and Windows PCs too.

Apple would have had to put specific code in the AirPods to break pairing with older iOS versions.
The headline is a little misleading. It's still supported but some features like audio sharing aren't available.
 

sideshowuniqueuser

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Aren't Airpods able to be regular Bluetooth headphones? If so, shouldn't you be able to use them with any iPhone going all the way back to 2007? You'd think that would be the case since you can use them with Android phones and Windows PCs too.

Apple would have had to put specific code in the AirPods to break pairing with older iOS versions.
Absolutely. But you forgot the part about Apple being environmentally friendly, and wanting to avoid landfill ;)
 
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Homme

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Obviously this isn’t surprising but that has been the case for those iOS 12 devices since AirPods Pro from the beginning and any other apple/beats headphone since then requiring iOS/iPadOS 13 or later
 

kaardowiq

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Still don’t get it… what should make me buy these ones instead of the pros?

the pros are mostly cheaper already (got my ones new for 160$ last year), they offer ANC, they‘re „Pro“. Why should someone get the regular 3er series?
 
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ASentientBot

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Aren't Airpods able to be regular Bluetooth headphones? If so, shouldn't you be able to use them with any iPhone going all the way back to 2007? You'd think that would be the case since you can use them with Android phones and Windows PCs too.

Apple would have had to put specific code in the AirPods to break pairing with older iOS versions.
Yep. I use gen 2 AirPods with an iPhone 4S and 2010 MacBook on a daily basis. Audio input/output works fine and sounds good. Tapping the Pod to pause/skip works too. Even ear detection. Just not "hey Siri".

The only support that was "dropped" is functionality that never existed on the older machines in the first place. Exactly as expected.
 

CarlJ

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Aren't Airpods able to be regular Bluetooth headphones? If so, shouldn't you be able to use them with any iPhone going all the way back to 2007? You'd think that would be the case since you can use them with Android phones and Windows PCs too.
You can totally use them as "normal" bluetooth headphones... but how would you update the firmware?
 

BuddyTronic

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It's funny my wife's friend still uses an iPhone 5. She says as long as it works she'll keep using it!

The old iphone 5 might be worth $50. Headphones $150 or whatever. Cellular service monthly $10 - $100.

Time to upgrade but yah - quality electronics for sure - lasts forever.
 
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BuddyTronic

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Still don’t get it… what should make me buy these ones instead of the pros?

the pros are mostly cheaper already (got my ones new for 160$ last year), they offer ANC, they‘re „Pro“. Why should someone get the regular 3er series?


The Pro’s seal off the ear and have ANC. Active noise cancelling. Great sound.

The original ones are hard plastic and actually can be more comfy to wear for some people - such as me. These new ones will be similar.

Personal choice I think. Of course I haven’t tried the very latest ones here but I bet you they are all excellent.
 
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