AirPods firmware updates. Where are they from? What are they doing? We don't need answers to these questions to tell you that updated AirPods 3 firmware has just been released.
Newly released AirPods (3rd generation) the firmware is marked as build version 6A321. This is compared to build version 6A317, the firmware currently listed as the latest on the Apple AirPods firmware page.
AirPods firmware release notes usually say the same thing: bug fixes and other improvements. There is no reason to believe that this AirPods 3 firmware update will be any different.
However, AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C will have a unique feature when paired with Apple Vision Pro: lossless audio playback. The Lightning charging version simply won't work (due to actual hardware differences). Apple's first spatial computer will be available for pre-order in the US on Friday, with the hardware arriving in stores on February 2. No other wireless headphones support Lossless technology.
Currently, these are the current firmware versions for each AirPods model:
- AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case (USB-C): 6B34
- AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case (Lightning): 6B34
- AirPods Pro (1st generation): 6A300
- AirPods (3rd generation): 6A321
- AirPods (2nd generation): 6A300
- AirPods Max: 6A300
- AirPods (1- generation): 6.8.8
Preview firmware for other AirPods hardware has already been released to developers.
Apple explains how to update AirPods firmware using Wi-Fi charging -Fi:
To use your iPhone or iPad to make sure your AirPods are up to date, make sure you have the latest version of iOS or iPadOS. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, then tap the Info button next to the name of your AirPods. Scroll down to the About section to check your firmware version.
To use your Mac to make sure your AirPods are up to date, make sure you have the latest version of macOS. Press and hold the Option key while choosing Apple menu > System Information. Click “Bluetooth”, then find the firmware version for your AirPods. In macOS Ventura or later, you can also choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Bluetooth, then click the About button next to the name of your AirPods.