iOS 18 Expands Convenient AirPods-Like Pairing to More Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Accessories

During its WWDC 2024 keynote last week, Apple announced that iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 will let apps offer AirPods-like pairing for more Bluetooth or Wi-Fi accessories.

iOS 18 AirPods Like Accessory Pairing
In apps that implement this new pairing process, users would be able to connect accessories to their devices directly in the app, without having to open the Settings app. In addition, Apple said this pairing process increases privacy by preventing accessory makers from gaining visibility into other devices on the user's local network.

Developers can add the AirPods-like pairing process to their apps with the new AccessorySetupKit framework, with more details available in this WWDC 2024 coding video.

iOS 18 is currently in beta for developers, and a public beta will be released in July. The update should be widely released in September, but it will take time for accessory makers to add support for this pairing process to their apps.

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3 weeks ago
I like technology as much as the next guy, but do we really need a smart hair dryer?
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I like technology as much as the next guy, but do we really need a smart hair dryer?
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3 weeks ago
I first saw this and thought it was a new Air Pod for deep ears.
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Very nice QOL improvement if accessory makers take advantage of it.
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Can't help but I need to chuckle at the hair dryer needs to pair to a phone.
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I actively seek out home electronics and appliances that are "as dumb as possible"

So many of these "smart" products are just complete e-waste creation

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