Apple’s powerful new AirPods won’t work on millions of iPhones.
The souped-up Apple AirPods 3 launched last night — but some older models of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch will be locked out.
This means that if you are using an older model, buying new AirPods is a complete waste of money.
Apple’s AirPods have already restricted loads of older iPhone models.
But the third generation duo has blocked out even more models – at least compared to the second generation.
For example, Apple AirPods 3 won’t work with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5S.
On the iPad front, if you’re using the new AirPods 3, you’ll no longer get support on the iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3.
And the sixth-gen iPod touch also won’t work with the new AirPods 3.
Any model older than this was not already supported by the Apple AirPods 2.
So don’t expect to use the iPhone 5 or the original iPad mini.
This ties in with the fact that you’ll need iOS 13 or iPadOS – neither of which is available on much older Apple models.
The good news is that you can buy a pair of second-generation AirPods if you’re still using an older model.
The new earbuds have longer battery life and spatial audio for a better listening experience.
Apple promised more control over your music and phone calls with better sensors.
It said the third-generation AirPods can deliver a powerful base and “crisp, clean, high frequencies.”
AirPods are sweat and water resistant.
They’ve also got a new Contour design that “delivers sound straight to your ears”—whatever that means.
The sound should be optimized for you in real time so that you can hear the music as it was intended to be heard.
There’s also one-touch setup, which will automatically pair your AirPods with other devices.
Battery life has increased to six hours.
The case will cost you an additional four full charges.
MagSafe and wireless charging have been added to the case.
You can order the new AirPods on the Apple website today and they’ll be available in stores on October 26.
They cost $179/£169.
What is local audio?
Spatial audio is what Apple calls the immersive sound feature of its AirPods.
It works by using sensors and directional audio to track where your head is in relation to the device you’re listening to content on.
This essentially creates an immersive sound experience.
This is great when you’re watching a movie or TV because you can sense the direction of the sound as if you were yourself in a movie or TV series.
To take advantage of spatial audio on AirPods while watching TV, you’ll need to watch content from a platform that supports it.
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