Second AirPods Pro beta firmware adds Conversation Boost

Earlier this year, Apple confirmed that AirPods Pro users would be able to try out beta versions of the firmware ahead of a public launch. The first effort in that regard arrived in late July. And now, the company has issued a second beta firmware version, adding yet another feature to the mix.

As noted today by a user on Reddit, the newest AirPods Pro beta firmware adds a feature called Conversation Boost to the truly wireless headphones’ roster of features. This prerelease firmware version is number 4A362b. This is an Accessibility feature, making it possible for AirPods Pro users to keep the headphones in their ears even as they talk to someone.

Conversation Boost utilizes beam-forming microphones to amplify the voice of someone speaking in front of the person wearing the compatible headphones. Apple bills the feature as one that’s designed for those who have trouble hearing.

Now, if you want to try out the beta firmware for AirPods Pro, there are a few steps. That starts with being registered as a developer within Apple’s Developer Program. You’ll also need the Xcode 13 beta on your Mac. And here are the other steps involved:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  2. Launch Xcode 13 beta on your Mac.
  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings → Developer, then choose “Prerelease Beta Firmware”.
  4. Find your AirPods Pro in the list of paired devices.
  5. Choose the option to receive automatic beta software updates.
  6. Read and follow the onscreen instructions for receiving beta software updates.

Apple says it can take up to 24 hours to receive and install these updates.

As mentioned earlier, Apple seeded the first beta firmware for the AirPods Pro back in July. With that prerelease software, the company added Spatial Audio support for FaceTime calls, as well as ambient noise reduction.