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Apple releases firmware updates for multiple AirPods models and AirTag

Published Nov 11th, 2022 7:38AM EST
AirPods 3 (left) vs. AirPods 2 (right).
Image: Иван Шенец/Adobe

This week, Apple updated the firmware of AirPods Pro 2 and some Beats earbuds. The company is now updating the firmware of more AirPods and its AirTag item tracker. Here’s what you need to know about these updates.

According to 9to5Mac, AirPods 2, Pro, and Max models can be updated to version 5B58 – the previous firmware version was 4E71. Apple only says it brings “Bug fixes and other improvements.”

It’s important to note that the company was testing a new codec for calls on AirPods Max, so users could take advantage of the new LC3 standard, bringing a better and more stable call quality. That said, it’s unclear whether this firmware upgrade adds that.

Over the past year, users have complained that Apple is worsening the Active Noise Cancelling feature from AirPods Pro and AirPods Max whether this new firmware update improves that it’s also unclear.

About the AirTag firmware update, the new version is 2.0.24, and it features build number 2A4e. The previous version was 1.0.301 with build 1A301.

You can check the latest AirTag firmware on the Find My app by choosing the Items tab, then tapping the name of your item tracker.

How to update the firmware of your AirPods?

There isn’t an official method on how to update your AirPods firmware. Since Apple says new versions install when AirPods are connected via Bluetooth to your iPhone, the best option is to let both devices charge together for at least 30 minutes.

To check your AirPods firmware version, you need to open the Settings app, open the Bluetooth menu, find your AirPods or Beats earbuds and tap the “i” next to them to look at the current version number.

If this process doesn’t work, you’ll have to wait until they magically update, as Apple doesn’t let you manually install these firmware updates.

José Adorno
José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin American broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.