Firmware updates typically don’t muster up the same type of fanfare as Apple’s other software updates. But, it can be good to keep tabs on the most current firmware version. Especially when on the off chance they do add some new features to the mix.
Unfortunately, today doesn’t seem to be one of those “randomly add new features to the accessories” instances. Apple has sent out firmware version updates for not only its truly wireless headphones, but also the MagSafe Charger as well. All in all, it appears the new software versions are minor in scope.
Namely, they aren’t adding any major forward facing features for the end user.
Previously, the MagSafe Charger had its firmware version set at 9M5069 (via MacRumors). Now, as of today’s update, the firmware version number is now set at 10M229. However, what’s new is unknown at this time. Apple doesn’t typically release notes alongside firmware version updates, so there’s no changelog to look over.
If there are any new discoveries made, though, we’ll be sure to update this post accordingly.
It’s also worth mentioning that there’s no direct route to actually update the firmware version on the MagSafe Charger. For the update to happen at all, though, the wireless charger needs to be plugged in and a compatible Apple device needs to be charging on it.
AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max
These firmware updates happen on a semi-regular basis it seems anymore. As noted by MacRumors, Apple has sent out another round of updates for its truly wireless headphones. Specifically, the second-generation AirPods, the third-gen AirPods, the AirPods Pro, and finally AirPods Max as well.
The good news right off the top is that with this firmware version update, each of these headphones are now running the same firmware version number: 4C165. Previously, AirPods 2 and AirPods Max were running firmware version number 4A400. The third-gen AirPods were running firmware version 4B66. And the AirPods Pro were running firmware version 4A402.
As far as upgrading the firmware version of the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and/or AirPods Max is concerned, there’s no specific way to do this. The truly wireless headphones will handle the process automatically when they are connected to the iPhone, and the new firmware is available. However, if you want to try and force the update you can put the AirPods/Pro in the charging case, connect the case to a charging source (wireless or wired), and then pair the truly wireless headphones to your iPhone or iPad. That should kickstart the firmware update process.
You can check your AirPods/Pro firmware version at any time, though. Simply connect your truly wireless headphones, then open Settings –> Bluetooth –> “i” next to your AirPods and then read the number next to “Version”.
So there we go, some new firmware version updates for AirPods and the MagSafe Charger. Very exciting stuff!