Earlier this morning, Apple released the second generation of Apple AirPods. The updated earbuds support “Hey, Siri”, have significantly improved battery life, and come with a wireless charging case. But what may have been missed are the firmware requirements in order to use them. That is, iOS 12.2, WatchOS 5.2, and macOS 10.14.4.
In order to pair and therefore use these new AirPods, you have to have the latest firmware on your iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac. But, as readers know, those aren’t available just yet. All three platforms are in beta cycles with the sixth beta of each released earlier this week. With the announcement of the new AirPods, it all-but guarantees that we will see these new builds released next week at the Apple Event. Or shortly thereafter.
Overall this is good news. There are a lot of things that are coming in iOS 12.2 including new Animoji, Apple News for Canadians, and other minor tweaks that smooth out what is expected to be the last major “dot” release for the iOS 12 train. Code found in the sixth beta also shows that support for AirPower wireless charging mat is coming as well. While that Qi charging pad isn’t available yet, it shouldn’t be long now (hopefully).