Accessory devices like Airpods or Apple Pencil don't have an operating system of its own but they definitely contain firmware that lets your iOS or iPadOS or macOS device interact with them effectively. Apple releases firmware updates once in a while to fix bugs, tweaks, or even performance improvements once in a while to make sure the products work just fine.
These updates are not as often as other Apple Products like iOS or macOS, but very less say once or twice in a year.
Apple released the new 3A283 firmware updates for the Second Generation AirPods and AirPods Pro. Apple hasn't given any details as to what is included in this release of the firmware but its a decent assumption that this update has code to accommodate the automatic device switching and spatial audio which was announced as part of iOS 14.
How to update AirPods firmware?
There isn't a screen or steps to actually update the Airpods framework. It kind of happens automatically in the background. Whenever new firmware is available for your device, it gets updated on the background without any push from the iPhone user. Also, we don't have any control over as to whether you want to allow the update or not.
All you have to do is
- Connect the Airpods to the Power source as you would do for charging.
- Make sure the iPhone or iPad or macOS device it's connected to is connected to the internet.
- Pair the AirPods to the device to force the update after a short period of time.
That's about it. This is supposed to happen without the knowledge of the end user.
How to check your AirPods or AirPods Pro firmware
- Connect your AirPods or AirPods Pro to your iOS device or iPad OS device.
- Open the Settings App in the device you have connected your AirPods device to.
- Under the General section, choose the About section there.
- If your AirPods is connected or paired properly, you will find the device name in the About section.
- Look for the firmware number next to "Firmware Version".
It has been a long time since Apple released its previous firmware updates for the AirPods and the AirPods Pro earphone devices.
AirPods Pro firmware updates are believed to include bug fixes performance improvements, and distinct tweaks, and more information on the recently released firmware will be experienced and published by users across the world in the coming days.