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Apple seeds beta firmware for AirPods lineup

AirPods charging case

Apple has issued new beta firmware for its AirPods line, with developers able to test out an update for personal audio devices.

Following on the same day as betas for Apple's main operating systems, the developer beta firmware updates the software for the AirPods lineup.

The firmware for AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max is build number 6A307. AirPods Pro 2 has build number 6B34.

Apple doesn't usually explain changes that are in its AirPods firmware updates, but they usually include various bug fixes and performance improvements.

How to install the AirPods firmware beta

Apple has made it relatively easy to download and install beta versions for iOS and macOS, but that's not the case for AirPods firmware updates.

The first step in the process is to have a registered developer account, which is now free. Once you do that, follow these steps:

  • Ensure Developer Mode is enabled in Settings -> Privacy & Security -> Developer Mode.
  • If it is enabled or after enabling it, go to Settings -> Developer.
  • Near the bottom, select Pre-Release Beta Firmware under AirPods Testing.
  • Select which AirPods you'd like to enroll in the beta.

You can watch the video above to see the process if you need any assistance. Be aware that sometimes the Developer Mode might not pop up as required in the process.