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Your AirPods and Apple TV will automatically sync up thanks to tvOS 11

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Still digesting everything Apple announced at its massive WWDC 2017 event this week? We've got one more for you, though this bit wasn't trumpeted from the keynote stage.

As reported by 9to5Mac (opens in new tab), Apple's wireless AirPods headphones will automatically sync with Apple TVs running tvOS 11. 

This is significant because it further integrates one piece of proprietary Apple hardware with another. Previously, if you wanted to tune into your Apple TV using AirPods, you had to pair them just like you would any Android headphones. 

While not a complicated process, it was a few extra steps you didn't need to take with other Apple hardware.

It's important to note a few things. First, AirPods will only automatically sync when you have an Apple TV connected to an iCloud account. Your AirPods, naturally, must be synced to an iPhone with the same iCloud credentials.

What's more, right now only one iCloud account can connect with tvOS 11. That means if you have an Apple TV used by multiple people, any AirPods will have to go through the manual link-up process.

Look for tvOS 11 to launch in public beta later in June (it's already out in developer preview). In the meantime, check out iOS 11 and find out how you can download it right now.

Michelle was previously a news editor at TechRadar, leading consumer tech news and reviews. Michelle is now a Content Strategist at Facebook.  A versatile, highly effective content writer and skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, Michelle is a collaborative problem solver and covered everything from smartwatches and microprocessors to VR and self-driving cars.