Apple last updated the firmware for the company’s high-end, over-ear AirPods Max headphones back in March of this year. And now the company is back with another update. As is par for the course, what it actually does is a mystery at the moment.
Apple on Tuesday released firmware version “3E756” for AirPods Max. Previously, the firmware version was “3C39.” So, if anything, the firmware version has gotten a bit longer. As far as what’s new, though, as mentioned above, that remains to be seen. Apple doesn’t typically issue release notes for these types of updates. That remains the case this time around.
However, it’s possible Apple is addressing some underlying issues that have plagued some users out there in the wild. It’s also possible Apple is aiming to fix other issues or improve other elements of the relatively expensive over-hear headphones.
With the timing, though, this firmware update may lean into some tweaks or improvements to Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos support, which Apple launched for Apple Music subscribers yesterday.
It’s possible to potentially force a firmware update on AirPods Max. To do that, you’ll need to have your AirPods Max connected to your iPhone. That iPhone needs to be connected to some power source. You can also do this by connecting your headphones to an iPad, with that iPad also connected to a power source. Unfortunately, there’s no way to manually install the firmware update at your discretion.
If you want to check your firmware version, you can do that by connecting your AirPods Max to your iPhone or iPad, opening Settings –> General –> About –> AirPods. You’ll see the current firmware version installed on your connected headphones next to “Firmware Version.”
If there are any major discoveries found in this firmware version update, we will update this post accordingly.