Apple has released a firmware upgrade for the AirPods. Apple AirPods 2, 3, Pro, and AirPods Max will receive the 4E71 software update, which is supposed to improve devices’ performance. The AirPods Pro and Max used firmware version 4C165, which was released last year in December, while the AirPods 3 used firmware version 4B66.
Apple doesn’t normally include release notes with AirPods firmware updates, making it tough to figure out what has changed. However, each update likely includes bug fixes and performance improvements at a minimum.
While there is no standard method for updating the firmware for AirPods, it is usually rolled out via an over-the-air (OTA) update. Alternatively, it may be described as an automatically-installing firmware update. This happens when your AirPods are linked to an iOS device and placed in a charging case with enough power.
AirPods owners can check the firmware version of their headphones within the Settings app.
Here’s how to see if your Apple AirPods has been updated:
- Connect your AirPods to your iPhone.
- Go to your iPhone’s settings app.
- Here, click on General, followed by About.
- Now, select the AirPods you want to view and note the “Firmware Version” number.
If the version is 4E71, your AirPods device has been upgraded to the most recent firmware. If not, try putting the AirPods in the case and plugging it into a power source. This should trigger the update on your AirPods.
Meanwhile, the Cupertino-based company is said to be working on a replacement for the AirPods Pro. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the second-generation AirPods Pro might be released in the second half of 2022, with a “significantly upgraded” chip.