I'm really disappointed that Apple has still failed to resolve a problem with AirPods when using Voiceover on both the Apple Watch and iPhone. This problem was reported to them back in March this year and after providing them with videos to prove the fault, I was advised that their engineering department had also managed to replicate the problem and that a solution would be provided in a forthcoming update. Two IOS major updates after initially reporting the problem and two Watch updates later, the problem still exists.
If a Voiceover user connects their AirPods to the Apple Watch and iPhone, and has the audio output from the Watch going to the AirPods, touching the iPhone screen should switch the iPhone Voiceover output to the AirPods. Unfortunately, the Voiceover output on the iPhone doesn't switch immediately and it continues to come from the iPhone speaker. If however, the user waits for just over two minutes without further touches to the Watch, the Voiceover output of the phone switches to the AirPods.
This fault has ruined my satisfaction of using my watch and I have now decided not to buy the latest version until it is fixed.
I'm raising this issue here because I only identified the two minutes delay accidentally and until I did, I thought the connection with the AirPods with the watch and phone was completely random. I hope this post helps more people to understand the problem and put additional pressure on to Apple in order to get the issue fixed.
To test it yourself, do the following...
Enable Voiceover on your iPhone and Apple Watch
Put your AirPods in your ears
Connect to your IPhone. Your voiceover should come through your AirPods
In the Control Centre of the Watch, connect your AirPods. The Voiceover from your Watch should come through the AirPods
Touch the iPhone screen. The Voiceover will come from the iPhone speaker
Continue touching the iPhone screen. The Voiceover will keep coming from the speaker for just over two minutes before switching to the AirPods.
Touch the Watch and the AirPods will switch back almost immediatly.