Yes. your AirPods Pro might smell like blueberries. No, we don't know why.

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What you need to know

  • Some people have been sniffing AirPods Pro.
  • For some reason, they smell like blueberries.
  • No, it isn't April 1st.

There are some things you don't expect to wake up to. Flood. Fire. Brimstone. People sniffing AirPods Pro. Things like that. Yet I came across one of those over my morning coffee. Can you guess which one it was?

Unbelievably, it seems some people have been sniffing AirPods Pro and finding that they have a subtle aroma. One that reminds them of blueberries. At least, that's what the people of the internet have been saying.

I first came across this unfortunate phenomenon when I saw Federico Viticci tweeting about it. And it seems his AirPods do indeed smell of the little blue berry.

It appears this whole thing started when the scamps at MacRumors spotted a thread on their forums discussing the odd smell associated with AirPods Pro. So we have them to thank.

This whole thing reminds me of people licking their Nintendo Switch cartridges because people told them they tasted bad. And I didn't understand that then, either.

So here I am. Writing about people sniffing their AirPods Pro and smelling blueberries. And pondering exactly which life decisions brought me here.

And now my wife says her AirPods Pro smell, too. So that's a big ¯_(ツ)_/¯ from me.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.