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Apple releases new firmware for AirPods and AirPods Pro, reportedly adds Spatial Audio feature

By Kenny Yeo - on 15 Sep 2020, 9:51am

Apple releases new firmware for AirPods and AirPods Pro, reportedly adds Spatial Audio feature

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Apple has just released a firmware update for the second-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro. The new firmware is known as 3A283.

As is the case with AirPods firmware updates, Apple did not disclose what changes the new firmware brings.

However, multiple users have reported that the new 3A283 firmware introduces support for Spatial Audio on the AirPods Pro.

Unveiled at WWDC earlier this year, Spatial Audio aims to create a theatre-like audio experience.

Furthermore, it uses the AirPods Pro's built-in accelerometer to enable head-tracking so that the direction of sound stays fixed in space and consistent with your source device.

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Unfortunately, there's no fixed way to upgrade the firmware of AirPods. They are typically updated automatically when they are connected to an iOS device.

One way to try and force an update is to put the AirPods in their charging case, connect them to a power source, and then connect them to an iOS device. Most users have reported success in forcing an update using this method.

To check the firmware version of your AirPods and AirPods Pro, connect them to an iOS device and then go to the Settings app. Go to General > About > AirPods, and look at the firmware version.

Source: MacRumors