New iOS 18 API offers AirPods-like pairing to third-party accessories

Up till now, pairing iPhones and iPads by detecting nearby accessories is only constricted to Apple-owned gadgets such as AirPods and AirTag
An undated image of Apple AirPods. — Pexels
An undated image of Apple AirPods. — Pexels

Are you frustrated over the inability to connect your AirPods to third-party accessories? Sit tight as you're on the verge of getting off the cliff of unease.

You must have witnessed the hype of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2024) which resonated all across the tech sphere for bringing top-of-the-line software updates for almost every product lineup of the company.

One of the most astounding ones revolves around the prowess of iOS 18 and the extraordinary capabilities it entails.

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On the sidelines of debuting AirPods in 2016, Apple also brought a seamless manner to let AirPods users connect their cordless accessories to iPhones and iPads.

Fortunately, similar to the usual way — detecting nearby accessories and prompting users to pair them — of pairing AirPods, the yet-to-release iOS 18 with the help of its AccessorySetupKit would introduce the same simplified manner to pair third-party accessories. 

Up till now, the intuitive way of pairing is only constricted to Apple-owned gadgets such as AirPods and AirTag. 

AccessorySetupKit on iOS 18 connects third-party accessories with iPhone and iPad

AccessorySetupKit makes the iPhone or iPad running on iOS 18 detect a compatible accessory, and pop it on the device screen to allow users to pair it.

All the user is required to do is tap to confirm the pairing, while the rest of the mandatory process — such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity — will be handled by the system.

This feasibility eliminates the need that requires users to manually and separately give access to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to that accessory’s app.