How will these be backwards compatible with earlier Iphone models if not using Bluetooth?

Backwards Compatibility

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    AirPods is a wireless set of earbuds that uses bluetooth like any other bluetooth earbuds on the market. It is backward compatible with previous iPhone models so long as you have bluetooth setting on. Without running iOS10, you do not get the Auto-Pairing feature and must pair the AirPods manually each time you wish to use it via pressing and holding a small button on the back of the carrying case of the AirPods with the AirPods themselves in the case to make it discoverable.

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