What you need to know
- iOS 15 will link your AirPods with your Apple ID for Find My.
- This will allow you to locate your AirPods anywhere, even if they are not connected to your iPhone.
- The feature will work with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
As reported by 9to5Mac, AirPods will now be linked to your Apple ID in iOS 15 so that, in addition to using Precision Finding to locate your lost headphones, you'll be able to find them anywhere. The feature will display the location of the AirPods on the map - even if they are not connected to another Apple device.
Just like AirTag, AirPods will now be able to be located no matter where they are and use Bluetooth technology with other Apple devices to anonymously help you find them.
The feature will, however, only work with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. The current generation of AirPods do not seem to support the new linkage to iCloud. AirPods Pro are also getting Conversation Boost in iOS 15 which helps those who are hard of hearing to use the beam-forming microphones to focus their audio on who is talking to them.
Apple is expected to release the 3rd generation AirPods this fall, so hopefully, the company will add the feature to those new earbuds.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.