Apple Explains iPhone's New Alert Shown When Fake AirPods Are Connected

Starting with iOS 16, users may see a "Cannot Verify AirPods" alert on their iPhone if they try to connect fake AirPods to the device. Apple shared more information about this alert today in a new support document spotted by developer Steve Moser.

iOS 16 iPhone Unverified AirPods Alert
The support document indicates that unverified AirPods can still be connected to an iPhone, but may not perform as expected.

Apple's alert features a prominent "Don't Connect" button, but users can tap on the smaller "Connect in Bluetooth Settings" link to proceed with connecting the unverified AirPods if they choose to. Twitter user "Tommy Boi" shared a video of the alert in action a few days ago after connecting fake AirPods to their iPhone (NSFW warning: the video's background music contains profanity and viewer discretion is advised).

The alert was first discovered in code for the iOS 16 Release Candidate last week.

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Top Rated Comments

zilchfox Avatar
12 weeks ago
Good way to validate you’re buying genuine AirPods from Craigslist and the like. Also good that you can still use them anyways.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
russell_314 Avatar
12 weeks ago

A person would have to be really desperate to use fake AirPods
There’s actually a market for them. Some people just don’t want to pay full price
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
killramos Avatar
12 weeks ago
My AirPods the Apple Store replaced 2 months ago are flagged as fake lol. Seems like the feature works super well
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CapitalIdea Avatar
12 weeks ago

I've had a few pairs of fake air pods

they aren't much worse sounding than real ones. if you like the form factor but don't care about owning apple everything they can be a decent buy

only issue I've had with some pairs is that the batteries sometimes crap out pretty quickly
But this isn’t about just liking the form factor. This is about devices that falsely report that they are legitimate apple products instead of scammy trash.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
visualseed Avatar
12 weeks ago

A person would have to be really desperate to use fake AirPods
A lot of people think they are buying real AirPods at a good but still reasonable price. Since real AirPods are often being sold at steep discounts, it's hard to even warn people about deals that seem to good to be true.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nathansz Avatar
12 weeks ago

A person would have to be really desperate to use fake AirPods
I've had a few pairs of fake air pods

they aren't much worse sounding than real ones. if you like the form factor but don't care about owning apple everything they can be a decent buy

only issue I've had with some pairs is that the batteries sometimes crap out pretty quickly
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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