Apple releases new beta firmware for AirPods dedicated to developers

The new axis of development is published. With new versions of operating systems in beta, Apple is now looking at its devices and where they can evolve. Thus, like in the past, the Cupertino company has released new beta firmware for the AirPods.

As mentioned, not being something new, this type of release only happens once a year and usually comes with good news.

New software for AirPods

Apple has provided instructions for installing the new firmware through its developer portal. Basically, what developers need to do is pair the headphones to their iPhone, then use Xcode 14 beta on a Mac to enable the “Pre-Release Firmware Beta” option in the “Test AirPods” section.

According to information, it may take up to 24 hours for the headphones to update after enabling this option in Xcode. It’s worth noting that to install beta firmware on AirPods, the iPhone, iPad, or Mac it’s paired to must be running iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or macOS 13.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that beta firmware is only available for AirPods 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. The first-generation AirPods haven’t received the update, at least not yet.

It’s also unclear what’s new with the update, other than “auto-change improvements”.

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iOS 16 introduces a new feature called “Custom Spatial Audio” which uses the iPhone’s TrueDepth camera to create a “personal profile” for spatial audio, so maybe the new AirPods beta firmware is related to this feature .

In summary, Apple is already working so that the launch in September of the final versions of its operating systems can be in phase with the accessories.

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