Way back in June of this year, when Apple first introduced iOS 15, one of the features baked into the software was better support for Find My integration with both AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. However, by the time iOS 15 was ready to launch to the public (back in September), that feature did not make the cut. Now, a little over two weeks later, it’s finally here.
You might recall that, earlier today, Apple released a firmware version update for the AirPods lineup. This brought the second-generation AirPods, the AirPods Pro, and the AirPods Pro Max all in line with the same firmware version number: 4A400. And while the second-gen AirPods didn’t get a big update, the other two truly wireless headphones did.
The better Find My network integration is now live for both headphones.
With this update, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max are now part of the Find My network, and can take full advantage of location services as part of it. This means that these devices can be located through the entire Find My network, including Apple devices owned by other people. This expands location information a great deal.
Before this firmware version update, this meant that AirPods Pro and AirPods Max would show their last known location when they pinged the required Bluetooth connection. With this update, though, this should help owners get within range of their device, so that a Bluetooth connection can be reestablished to help them better track down the device(s) if they left them somewhere initially out of range.
It’s certainly a better late than never situation.