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Exploring the Latest AirPods Features and Firmware Updates

Posted: October 3, 2023

New Features in Current AirPods Models

Apple AirPods Pro 2 have received a firmware update (6A300/6A that enhances their functionality significantly. Among these enhancements include Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness, and Personalized Volume. Notably, Adaptive Audio merges Active Noise Cancellation with Transparency mode and adjusts the sound based on the surroundings. Conversation Awareness, on the other hand, offers enhanced noise management during conversations by lowering the music volume and enhancing the voices in front of the user.

Lastly, Personalized Volume uses AI to adjust the sound based on environmental conditions and individual listening preferences. These features are available when the AirPods are used with iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma.

New Features for AirPods 2, Original AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max

The 6A300/6A301 firmware update also brings new features for AirPods 2, the original AirPods Pro, and the AirPods Max. One of these features is the ability to mute or unmute by simply pressing the stem on the AirPods or the Digital Crown on the AirPods Max. This provides convenience and more control during calls.

Moreover, these AirPods models also benefit from an improved Automatic Switching feature, which allows the headphones to seamlessly switch between named devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This change significantly improves the overall user experience.

Firmware Version Updates

Apple AirPods aren't a one-time set-up product. They receive regular firmware updates to maintain a high-quality user experience and correct any bugs. The most recent firmware version for AirPods Pro 2 is 6A301, which was released after the devices had been running on version 5E135 since May 2023.

Firmware Version 6A301 for AirPods Pro 2

The version 6A301 firmware was specifically released for AirPods Pro 2. This update provides new features such as Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness, and Personalized Volume. These features enhance the use of AirPods when paired with compatible Apple devices like iPhones and Macs running on iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma.

Version 6A300 for All Other Recent Models

Aside from the AirPods Pro 2, all other recent models of Apple AirPods also received a firmware version update - version 6A300. The update includes new features and enhances existing features on AirPods 2, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. These updates ensure that all recent models of AirPods continue to operate optimally.

Specifics about the New Features

Apple's AirPods continue to evolve with each firmware update, especially the proprietary AirPods Pro 2, which comes with exclusive features such as Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness, and Personalized Volume. The new features ensure an optimized user experience, adjusting the sound according to the environment and the user's preferences.

Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness, and Personalized Volume Exclusive to AirPods Pro 2

The Adaptive Audio feature merges Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode to offer seamless noise control, adapting to user environment and interactions changes. Conversation Awareness, on the other hand, automatically lowers the volume of playing music when it detects that the user is speaking, providing more clarity in communication. Simultaneously, the voices in front of the user are enhanced, while background noise is reduced.

Lastly, Personalized Volume uses artificial intelligence to adjust the listening experience based on environmental conditions and the user's personal listening preferences. This ensures that each user's listening experience is tailored to their specific needs, providing an elevated auditory experience.

All Versions of AirPods Get 'Mute or Unmute' Feature and Improved Automatic Switching

Inclusive features are a part of the new firmware update, too. Apple has added a new 'Mute or Unmute' feature to all current AirPods models, allowing users to quickly regulate their call volumes using the stem of their AirPods or the Digital Crown in the case of AirPods Max.

Further, all AirPods models see a significant improvement in Automatic Switching. This convenient feature allows users to easily switch their AirPods between their iPhone, iPad, and Mac, providing a seamless audio experience across multiple devices.

AirPods Firmware Update Process

Apple AirPods firmware updates occur seamlessly and automatically, providing a convenient and hands-off process for end-users. However, users may need to confirm whether their AirPods' firmware version is updated by checking their device settings.

Updates are Automatic and Indirect

Apple does not require manual processes for updating the firmware of AirPods. Instead, these updates are automatically connected to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac device. Given the indirect nature of these updates, users do not need to take any specific action to initiate them, making the process user-friendly and straightforward.

Checking if the Update has been Installed

To verify whether your AirPods have updated their firmware, you need to check the firmware version from your device's settings. Here's how you do it:

  1. Ensure your AirPods are in the charging case and the iPhone is nearby. Open the charging case lid.
  2.  Wait for the AirPods onscreen battery indicator to appear, then close the message.
  3.  Access the 'Settings' from your device's home screen.
  4.  Click on 'General,' followed by 'About,' and then tap on the name of your AirPods.
  5.  On the AirPods screen, swipe down to see the current firmware version.
  6.  The numbers beside 'Firmware Version' indicate the current version of your AirPods. If the version matches the latest version, your AirPods have been updated automatically.

Note that firmware updates do not occur often. Therefore, don't be surprised if the version stays the same for a long time.