AirPods are wireless Bluetooth earbuds created by Apple. They were first released on December 13, 2016. They are sold alongside the premium AirPods Pro. In addition to playing audio, AirPods feature a built-in microphone that filters out background noise, which allows taking phone calls and talking to Apple's digital assistant, Siri. Additionally, built-in accelerometers and optical sensors can detect taps (e.g. double-tap to pause audio) and in-ear placement, which enables automatic pausing when they are taken out of the ears.