Apple releases new AirPods Pro 2 beta firmware with support for iOS 18 features

by Julie Clover

Apple today released new beta firmware for AirPods Pro 2, including Lightning and USB-C versions. The updated firmware has build number 7A5220e and is currently available to developers.

At today's main event Apple has unveiled several new features coming to ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 as part of iOS 18, including head gestures, and these features may be included in a firmware update.

Users can use head gestures to control Siri on ‌AirPods Pro‌ shaking or nodding the head. For example, if you receive a call, you can shake your head if you don't want to answer it, or nod to accept the call. ‌Siri‌ interactions can be used to respond to incoming messages, calls, and notifications.

Apple adds voice isolation to ‌AirPods Pro‌ to reduce loud background sounds so you can be heard more easily, and there's a new Personalized Spatial Sound feature specifically designed for gaming. Game developers will be able to incorporate spatial audio into their games for a more immersive audio experience.

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