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AirBuddy: A Simple macOS Add-On for AirPod

The pop up you see when you connect your AirPods and your iPhone for the first time? It’s beautiful. It’s also absent from macOS – even though you can connect your AirPods to any Apple device.

AirPods are a steep investment – and when you connect them to your iPhone, you see the value in your investment. That gorgeous UI? It isn’t missing from macOS anymore.

Guilherme Rambo designed AirBuddy to bring the iPhone connection experience to your Mac.

macOS AirPod UI

AirBuddy is simple, yet useful and fitting in the Apple ecosystem. Not only does it cut the time needed to connect AirPods to your Mac, it also makes the experience beautiful.

Additionally, while built for AirPods, you’re given the option to enable it for all devices with a W1 chip. This means if you have Beats Solo3, Powerbeats3, BeatsX, or other devices – you’ll be able to experience the UI as well.

Settings Opened via Finder

Once installed, you’re presented with the options above. AirBuddy’s settings allow you to customize the location of the pop-up window.

You can also choose which type of devices will trigger the pop-up, AirPods, other W1 chip devices, or both. Once triggered, the pop-up will allow you to “Click to connect” your AirPods. One click, and they’re connected. It’s that easy.

Notification Center Widget

The $5 investment, a suggested price, is well worth it. Like I did, I hope you’ll find yourself more inclined to use your AirPods with your Mac.

Written by Justin Rockmore

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