The W1 chip
Apple wants to get rid of wires, and the W1 chip inside the AirPods helps get the company closer to that vision. It’s the brains of the AirPods and improves the efficiency for almost every function. It makes pairing with your iPhone faster and easier, and it manages power better so you get longer battery life.
When pairing, all you need to do is open the carrying case for the AirPods, and if your iPhone is nearby, you’ll receive a notification asking if you want to pair the two. It’s that simple.
The chip also makes wireless transference of your audio more efficient, and that means the earbuds can get about five hours of playback time per charge.
The W1 chip isn’t only in the AirPods, but also in several other Apple products like the Beats Solo3 Wireless, Powerbeats3 Wireless, and the Beats X. Even with the W1 chip, all these devices, including the AirPods, still use Bluetooth, meaning you’ll be able to pair them with non-Apple devices.
To pair with non-Apple devices, press the button on the carrying case.