OK, I finally got my Airpods and have been using them for over a week now.
I am still not happy that I had to try so hard to get them. But I am more disappointed that they don’t work nearly as well as Apple had promoted.
- They don’t switch between my Mac (Laptop / Mac Mini / iMac) and my iPhone or Apple Watch
- They don’t switch from my iPhone to my Apple Watch when I am on WiFi
- They do not get picked up by my iPhone everytime
Let me elaborate.
3. They Airpods do not always get paired automatically to my iPhone when I put them “on”. I have to Pair them manually probably 30% of the time. Maybe less, but it definitely feels like I am having to do it way too more frequently than I ought to be.
2. When I have the Airpods paired to my iPhone and am listening to Music from my iPhone or on a Call (yes, I do make / receive phone calls on my iPhone) and am walking around without my iPhone on me but my wearing Apple Watch – I will get disconnected 100% of the time if I walk far enough from my iPhone but am still in WiFi range. It seems to matter not if I initiate the music / phone call from my iPhone or Apple Watch. But I need to try this a bit more. Most of my use has been playing music / initiating the Phone call from my iPhone.
1. This was the primary feature in my mind why I spent so much (time / energy / money) in getting the Airpods in the first place – to be able to seamlessly switch between my Mac(s) (Laptop / Mac Mini / iMac) and my iPhone / Apple Watch. This fails 100% of the time.
OK, time for some positives.
- The charge stays on for a good amount of time. Also, it seems to do a good job of going into power save mode when not actively being used.
- Feels the same to me (sound quality and physically in my ears) as the regular Apple Headphones.
- Pauses Music / Movie if I take off either (or both) of the Airpods. And also resumes soon as I put them back on.
And some neither positive or negative comments.
- They are super expensive. But to their credit – they said how much they were long before they were even available.
- Supply is still very lacking.
- It does seem likely that I will loose them before long 😦
- Apple iPhone 6 running iOS 10.3 (beta)
- MacBook Pro 13″ (Retina, Early 2015) running macOS Sierra
- Mac Mini (Late 2014) running macOS Sierra
- iMac running macOS Sierra
- Apple Watch running watchOS v3.1.3
Celebrate Love That Reaches Beyond Romance by Sarah Hepola
I heard the tail end of Fresh Air on NPR as I was getting home and this happened to be what was playing. I found a couple of the points she was making / referring very interesting.
What To Say When ‘Condolences’ Isn’t Enough
But we still must be able to talk to each other, respect each other. Not only can we disagree, we ought to disagree. Only when we disagree can we learn from each other.
I saw & read this article that was shared on Facebook – “The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb” by Sean Blanda. And my immediate reaction was – I need to let everyone know that I do NOT think you are not intelligent just because we don’t agree. I recall (though am unable to find it right now) once writing about “Agree to Disagree vs Disagree to Agree” (or something very much in that line) and the point I was trying to make is that we ought to be able to agree that we disagree about an issue / topic without any feeling of animosity towards each other. Whereas if we “disagree” to agree, we are assuming that we ought to be “agreeing”. That does not seem like a good place to begin.
P.S. there might be other reason(s) that will cause me to think that you are “dumb”, but our disagreeing will not be the reason. I hope the same from you towards me.