Apple has sent out another firmware update for the latest iterations of its truly wireless headphones. As is pretty typical with these kinds of updates, Apple doesn’t go out of its way to outline what –if anything– is new in the update. And that remains the case with this one, too.
On Tuesday, Apple released firmware version 4E71 for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. In the case of AirPods 2, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max, this new firmware update replaces software version 4C165 which the company released in December of last year.
Meanwhile, this firmware update replaces software version number 4C170 for AirPods 3 which was released in January of this year.
As far as what’s new? Well, that remains a mystery at this point. Apple typically doesn’t offer a specific changeling for firmware updates. So, if there are any major feature changes, or even any bug fixes included with the new software, we don’t know what they are just yet. That could change in the future if something is discovered, and if that is the case we will update this post accordingly.
Upgrading the firmware version of AirPods, AirPods Pro, and 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, new firmware for Apple’s truly wireless headphones.