Wednesday, Oct 06, 2021, 14:05 Hardware

AirPods Pro & AirPods Max: Promised Firmware Update Released

As announced at WWDC 2021 in June, Apple wants to fully integrate both AirPods Pro and AirPods Max into the "Find my" network. Until now, there has been a noticeable limitation in this regard. If you have lost your AirPods or left them somewhere, the "Find my" app usually only shows the last known position - based on the last communication with the headphones. They can only be reliably tracked down if they are actively connected to an iPhone, iPad or Mac via Bluetooth and are within its range. Now Apple has released the corresponding firmware update, making it easier to locate misplaced AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

Locating lost devices.
Those who activate their AirPods for the "Find my" search function will improve the chances of a successful recovery: The devices then transmit their position to Apple's server at regular intervals, making use of all iPhones and iPads in whose Bluetooth range they are located. During the subsequent search, the user is then first guided in the direction of his precious accessory via coarse localization - and as soon as one is within Bluetooth range, also to the exact position.



Automatic installation
The installation of firmware version 4A400 is automatic, there is currently no option to trigger manual updates. Whether the new version is already running can be determined on a connected iPhone or iPad via "Settings > General > About > AirPods. The described tracking feature is not available for the regular first and second generation AirPods. Since the AirPods 3 have still not been announced, no one currently knows if it will be a Pro feature permanently either.

Update for Beats as well.
Apple also provides new software for various Beats models, the firmware version is 4A394. Affected are Beats Solo Pro, Powerbeats 4 and Powerbeats Pro. Due to a lack of release notes or corresponding Beats earphones in the office, we cannot confirm at this point that the integration into the "Find my" network works just like in the case of the AirPods.

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