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Apple's latest firmware update for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max delivers enhanced support for the company's Find My app and accompanying search network, a hotly anticipated feature initially scheduled to debut in September.
Pushed out earlier today, the new firmware brings AirPods Pro and AirPods Max devices into the Find My fold, allowing users to view their location, apply Lost Mode options and locate lost hardware via Find Nearby. The new capabilities are outlined in a recently updated support document.
Unlike AirTag, which integrates an Ultra Wideband chip for precision finding, compatible AirPods models rely solely on Bluetooth signals to communicate with nearby Apple devices for discovery purposes. Users can expect to see an AirPods' general location when searching for the device on the Find My app's map, while Find Nearby offers a more exact — but still rough when compared to AirTag — estimate when it is in relatively close proximity to a host iPhone.
As noted by users on Twitter and other social media websites, the Find Nearby interface is largely similar to the layout applied to AirTag, with a large "target" dot that decreases in size when a user gets closer to AirPods. Instead of AirTag's green dot, AirPods features a blue graphic and lacks a distance to target readout.
Separation alerts are now supported, meaning users can elect to receive a notification if they accidentally leave their AirPods behind.
Owners can also mark compatible models as lost and choose to display contact information or a custom message if it is paired with another iOS device. Notifications can be received when the headphones are found.
The firmware update issued today is automatically downloaded and installed when AirPods Pro and AirPods Max are connected to a host device. There is no method of manual installation.