Evan Selleck

AirPods firmware updates will start showing what’s new with iOS 16

A male hand holding a charge case for AirPods Pro with the earbuds inside and the lid open

Right now, getting a firmware update for your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max doesn't really mean a lot of information is shared with you. Sometimes a firmware update is just meant to fix some underlying issue, or it adds new features. But it looks like Apple is going to be a bit more transparent moving forward with firmware updates.

Here’s what’s new and different in iOS 16 beta 5

New iOS 16 features

Earlier today, Apple seeded the fifth beta of iOS 16 to developers. And, as is par for the course, the new seed also includes a few new tweaks to the formula. Nothing is quite set in stone, and some of these new elements may not make it to the final cut when the software launches to the public later this year.

Apple reinstates the battery percentage in the status bar with the latest iOS 16 beta

When Apple introduced the iPhone X, it also took something away: the battery percentage present in the status bar. This used to be a handy feature, making it easy to see just how much battery life remained in your iPhone at a glance. Especially if you prefer percentages. But, Apple removed it, and, up until today, it didn't appear that the company was too ken on bringing it back.

Apple releases a firmware update for the Studio Display

Apple's Studio Display and Mac Studio are featured sitting on a work desk in this lifestyle photograph

Apple's Studio Display is absolutely not the cheapest standalone display out there, and with that there are expectations that it should not only show great images, but also have great sound thanks to the built-in speakers. However, it's not a secret that the display suffers from intermittent audio issues, including garbled sound. But, it looks like Apple is aiming to address these issues.