To say about the hottest digital accessories of recent years, Apple’s AirPods are a no-no.” Since its inception in 2017, the product has been Apple’s leading revenue growth pole after generations of changes. The popularity of the product is also reflected in this year’s Apple Education offer, which became a second-generation AirPods cable after years of giving away Beats headphones, through which Apple is trying to make the already-familiar product more popular, and the heat of this year’s education offer is evident.
AirPods are already a common wireless headset in the college population.
AirPods are there, but for the average college student, the percentage of macs that buy is relatively small – MacOS’s relatively lacking entertainment, and the high starting price (there’s a lot of good Windows notebooks under $7,199) makes college students more inclined to buy a cost-effective laptop, even if they buy an iPad Air tablet through educational benefits, which may add up to a MacBook Air.
But as the saying goes, buying Apple products is about buying ecology, and when you watch video on your phone and watch it on a computer with a larger screen, airPods’ seamless connection on your Mac will make you feel the convenience of Apple Eco, rather than having to look for wired headphones.
However, AirPods are not useless on Windows systems, but they lack a system-level open-top-up-and-smooth experience.
Can’t Windows notebook users take advantage of AirPods? Today, the author recommends a software for WinPods, which allows AirPods to have most of the Mac experience on Windows 10, the MagicPods.
The software is available for download in the Microsoft Store, Microsoft’s official software store, and can also be downloaded via this link, which is available for a one-time fee of $14. But the developer provides the user with a free trial version for 1 day, so you can download the free version experience before deciding whether to buy it.
Start and look.
First, you want to make sure your PC version is Windows 10 17763.0 or higher, Bluetooth version 4.0 or more.
You can open the app after you have successfully installed it. After clicking On Enable Startup, the option to allow you to run MagicPods Service will be activated by clicking “Enable” to officially launch the software service.
If your pc has ever connected an AirPods headset, a pop-up window prompt similar to that in Apple products will immediately pop up, showing the specific headset and charging compartment.
If you haven’t already connected an AirPods headset, you’ll need to connect your AirPods to your computer via Bluetooth. (Settings – Device – Add Bluetooth or other devices)
After a successful connection, we click Settings to go to the specific settings, which include several practical little features.
When a headset is removed, the developer offers four options for play/pause, volume down, double selection, and no operation, and the user can adjust the size of the volume reduction.
After many tests, this feature has a general experience, in two ways:
Less support inga- software:
Developers say the feature supports Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Yandex Music and Spotify (streaming music software) and, in theory, domestic streaming music platforms such as QQ Music, but tests occasionally trigger automatic playback after entering the ear.
In-ear delays and errors are high:
With Spotify testing, there is a high probability that it will be difficult to stop music immediately after removing the headset, which is expected to take 1-2 seconds to stop, sometimes with delays of up to five seconds;
When you turn on the Quick Search function described below, you remove one side of the headset and you’ll have problems with automatic music playback, which will stop. This bug basically disappears after turning off Quick Search.
Search AirPods feature:
AirPods have a “floating signal” (Live Signal), and developers say they can modify the value of the intermediate grid (below) to connect to AirPods more quickly.
The headset does not display a real-time signal when the AirPods are not used.
The developers also offer a Fast Search feature that reduces search time for AirPods, but only if no one nearby is using AirPods headsets. With this feature turned on, you can sense that your computer is connecting to AirPods even faster.
Developers recommend that you try to turn off the airPods if someone around you uses it.
Next is the appearance setting.
As mentioned above, the software can display a pop-window tip similar to apple products on the desktop, developers provide users with three window size options, the minimum size is 327 x 334, the largest is 456 x 421, from the perspective of view, the largest size of the pop-window is better. Of course, you can also choose to close the pop-up prompt.
And when someone nearby opens an AirPods charging silo, there’s a possibility of popping a wrong window, which is also a bad aspect of the experience.
There is also a small icon in the toolbar, which includes three animations: Unconnected, In Use, and In Charge, which also automatically change depends on the connection status of the headset.
Among them, “in use” animation has three-grid power tips, is there a feeling back to the era of functional machine?
When one of the headsets has only 30% of the charge, a system notification pops up to suggest that we need to charge the AirPods, which is a good user tip.
Users can set a hidden icon or hide the above power grid prompts.
Finally, the developer sits on an experimental feature for professional users called Low Audio Latency, which developers say is a feature for users using professional software such as Premiere Pro or Audition, which continues to turn on to speed up power consumption.
According to user feedback, turning on the feature will cause the microphone to fail, so the average user still try to turn the feature off as well.
Trying to use AirPods on Windows systems is inherently a challenge, and the software is endless but mostly done. And in the nearly month-long process of using MagicPods, I generally met my expectations. While it’s unlikely to make the AirPods seamlessly connected like a Mac, it can do about 70 percent, which is worth $14 to me.
MagicPods support all models since AirPods were released, and developers are continuing to adapt new features. Currently joining the follow-up system switching to the dark mode, some of the features described above are also added by developers after listening to suggestions.
If you’re an AirPoduser like me who uses a Windows notebook, you can download the trial and talk about how it feels.