Why am I carrying an AirPod Carrying Case? (And why doesnt it do more?)

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by urkel, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. urkel, Dec 28, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2016

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    I love the tech of the AirPods. But I'm noticing a very silly trend with the AirPod users I know. We aren't leaving the AirPods in our ears all day. So Most of the time we're carrying our carrying case because we need quick access in putting the headphones away or else we risk losing them.

    Now, I'm not saying anything negative about using the AirPod cases (new habits come with new tech). But I think that if users are carrying the case more then why not make it more functional but putting all those "missing" physical buttons were on the case. The case is a part of the AirPod package so Skip, Pause, Volume, Siri etc would make this a more complete product.
  2. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    I've been using Bluetooth only for many years as well. I've found that I really like the case as it's a way to store the AirPods since they're so small. And just by storing them they're always charged. Nice idea (though others have done this before).

    But you're on to something there - people were thinking about making a Bluetooth clip of some sort for the playback controls. Why not use the case for the playback controls, maybe even a click wheel? Hah
  3. megapopular macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2007
    That would take more battery life from the case to be readily able to send a signal to the AirPods.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Agreed. And a whole new design tested for Consant use on the case for durability.
  5. Ad13 macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2015
    Those controls are already available... on your iPhone that's sat in your pocket next to the case. Doesn't make sense to duplicate them.
  6. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I was just about to say if you are just going to put controls on the case you may as well pull out your phone.
  7. urkel thread starter macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    "Why would I need a separate device for this when I can just take my phone out of my pocket?"

    Isn't that the exact same that people use against the Apple Watch? But anyone who owns an Apple Watch knows that "duplicated function" can be a huge benefit to the user experience.

    And lets be honest here. On both Watch and iPhone then it takes several awkward swipes to access the music panel for "Next Track" so what would be so bad about quadruplicating heavily used controls onto the audio product you're holding in your hand? If you think about it, holding the case in hand to do some no-look music controls would be a very familiar throwback to how we all used to use our iPods.
  8. WeemanWise macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
    The watch is on your wrist and doesn't requiring pulling it out of a pocket to "duplicate" the functions of your iPhone. You are going to have to pull the airpods case out of your pocket anyway to use the playback controls if they were there so at that point just pull out your phone. Its the same number of steps.

    Maybe an Apple Airpods Case Watch? An apple watch that doubles as an airpods case?

    Actually just make it a band. The Apple Airpods watch band case :D
  9. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Because that's what the iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch is for. I guess that's how they envisioned it.
  10. Patriot24, Dec 29, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2016

    Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Apple Watch needs a new Music watch face that puts the controls right there for people who listen to a lot of audio. It would solve most AirPod control issues for Watch wearers. The crown could be dedicated to volume with this face as well.
  11. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    It doesn't require any awkward swipes on my iPhone 7 Plus. I grab the phone, tilt it up to turn the screen on and see the lock screen music controls, then tap prev / next as required. Easy.

    Mind you, to me the discussion seemed to revolve around how to easily skip a track when you are not holding / actively using your phone, because frankly if you're already holding the phone, then the on-screen controls are automatically more available than the case in your pocket. Especially since the control center remembers which screen you were viewing the last time; no several awkward swipes required.
  12. Uncivil11 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2016
    Adding more function would only increase the price. I see plenty of people already griping about the price for a mediocre sounding headphone already. I agree use your phone as it's the source anyhow.
  13. jonnyb098 macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2010

    Wow! What a genius concept. Maybe you should apply for a job at Apple!!!!!

    And why can't you just use your phone? Rather than junk up a case with a bunch of buttons you'd end up accidentally hitting? You'd be right back here complaining every time you take the case out of your pocket you accidentally play, pause or skip something.

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