You might be able to tap your AirPods to skip a song with iOS 11

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Apple might give users more control over their AirPods with the launch of iOS 11. If you currently want to change tracks on your AirPods, you have to double tap to activate Siri and then tell it to skip. That’s obviously not ideal for when you’re outside your house or in a noisy space. But with iOS 11, it’s possible that wearers might be able to double tap on an AirPod to skip to the next track. Double tapping on the other AirPod could go back to the previous song. You can assign this functionality to whatever side you want from your Bluetooth options.

YouTube channel Appsolutely Tech tested this feature and publicized it in the video below. You’ll notice that a tap can also be used to play / pause your music or wake up Siri. Let’s just hope Apple keeps this functionality when it releases the new OS publicly because I know lots of AirPod wearers would would love to use it.

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Really all I’ve been waiting for with these. Pull out AirPod to pause, tap right one to skip track, left for previous.

In theory sounds good however when I am out and about I usually have one hand free as usually carry something in the other.

In theory sounds good however when I am out and about I usually have one hand free as usually carry something in the other.

In theory sounds good however when I am out and about I usually have one hand free as usually carry something in the other.

I don’t see why they would go through the process of adding such a cool feature in the beta and then remove it

wait, it’s Apple

You wouldn’t. No idea why the author of this seems so unsure of it being here in fall.

Um, it’s happened a few times before.

If they get feedback it causes issues or doesn’t work as planned…whatever.. it happens

Might be? I’m running iOS 11 on my iPad and I can confirm this already works flawlessly. I have my right ear set to skip tracks and my left invokes Siri. It’s so much easier at the gym and it’s nice not being glanced at because I’m talking to myself in the weight room.

…and now that you set the feature up on a device running iOS11B1 you can move the AirPods back to any other device running iOS10 and the new feature will carry over and continue working. This has been verified by multiple users on Reddit.

REVOLUTIONARY!!!!!!!

This has been verified by multiple users on Reddit to carry over to iOS10 as long as you have at least one device on iOS11 Dev Beta 1. The iOS11 device doesn’t have to be your primary device, it can be an old iPad or iPhone, you just need to sync the AirPods to it in order to set up the new feature, then when you move the AirPods back to a different iOS10 device the new settings carry over and continue working. To be clear…you won’t see the settings on the iOS10 device, but it will continue working exactly how you set it up on the iOS11 device. This has also been verified to stay persistent through device reboots and pairing/unpairing with multiple devices.

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