Apple has taken time out of the first couple of weeks of May to update the firmware version for its truly wireless headphones, including the second-generation AirPods.
As noted today by MacRumors, Apple has officially updated the firmware version of the second-generation AirPods to version 2D15. The previous firmware version was 2A364. And, as is par for the course with these types of updates, it’s not known what, if anything, Apple is actually changing with the new firmware version.
Some AirPods Pro owners who received the same update last week have suggested it tweaked the Active Noise Cancellation feature. Some have said it improved the overall quality, while others seem to think it didn’t change anything at all. Of course, the second-generation AirPods don’t have Apple’s ANC so obviously that’s not a thing Apple changed with these truly wireless headphones.
It is possible that Apple is fixing an issue it caused itself not too long ago. Back in April we reported that Apple was sending out replacement AirPods with unreleased firmware. That firmware was version 2D3 and it made the replacement AirPod unusable for folks who received it from Apple. It would seem likely that Apple is effectively fixing that issue by upgrading the second-generation AirPods to 2D15 — albeit more than a month later.
The second-generation AirPods will update its firmware automatically when it is connected to an iOS device. If you want to try and force the update you can put the AirPods in the charging case, connect the case to a charging source (wireless or wired), and then pair the AirPods to your iPhone or iPad. That should kickstart the firmware update process.
If you want to see which firmware version number your AirPods are currently running, follow these steps: Connect your AirPods Pro to your iPhone –> Open Settings –> Select General –> Tap About –> Select AirPods –> look at the firmware version next to “Firmware Version”.
The firmware version update for the second-generation AirPods is available now.