Apple has released a firmware update for the 2nd generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro that makes them ready for iOS 14. As readers may know, when iOS 14 is released, the 2nd generation AirPods and AirPods Pro will have automatic device switching between your various iOS and MacOS devices. On the Pros, you will also get Spatial Audio.
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The firmware build is 3A283 for those keeping score at home. There is no official way to upgrade the bits on your AirPods but I’ve found the following steps generally will force the upgrade to happen – most of the time at least:
- Connect your AirPods to your iPhone
- Make sure your AirPods case is connected to power via a Lightning Cable
- Navigate to Settings>General>About>AirPods (name may vary)
- Look at the “Firmware Version”
At this point, you can take your AirPods off and put them back in the case but be sure to leave the case connected to power. After 15-30 minutes, perform the same check again and you should see the Firmware Version has updated to 3A283.
For both AirPods and AirPods Pro, users will benefit from automatic device switching in iOS 14. This means that if your AirPods are connected to your iPad and a phone call comes in on your iPhone, your AirPods will automatically connect for you to take the call. They will then switch back to your iPad when you are done with your call.
For AirPods Pro users, you will get the additional benefit of Spatial Audio from sources that support it, such as content from Apple TV. This gives you a truly immersive experience.
Note that while you can upgrade your AirPods now on iOS 13, to get the benefits of the update, you will need to be running iOS 14. The public release of the latest version of iOS is likely only days away but you can sign up for the public beta if you want to try out the benefits now.