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Apple seeds AirPods beta firmware update to registered developers


Apple has released an update to its beta firmware for various AirPods models, including AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and second-generation AirPods.

During WWDC 2022, Apple released a rare AirPods software beta for testing.

On Wednesday, Apple released a new version of the beta software, bringing the updated build number to 5A5304a. The previous build was numbered 5A5282d.

According to Apple, the beta software contains improvements to Automatic Switching alongside more general bug and stability fixes.

Apple says that developers will need an iPhone running the iOS 16 beta, a Mac running a macOS Ventura beta and Xcode 14 beta, and a pair of supported AirPods to test out the firmware.

Both AppleInsider and Apple strongly suggest users avoid installing betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, due to the potential for data loss or other issues. Instead, the recommendation is to install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are sufficient backups of important data before making any major changes.