AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max get new beta firmware

There’s a new beta firmware you can try out for your AirPods
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Apple is rolling out new beta firmware for the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max with auto-switching improvements.

The firmware has build number 5A5282d and version number 5.0.

In addition to auto-switching improvements, the beta firmware contains bug fixes and stability improvements. However, Apple does not explicitly state how the firmware improves automatic switching.

The latest beta is available for second- and third-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. This is the first time Apple has released beta firmware for standard AirPods and premium over-ear headphones – previous betas were only available for AirPods Pro.

First-generation AirPods are not supported, likely because they’ve reached their software support end of life.

Apple launched the first beta firmware for the AirPods in July 2021. Since then, it has rolled out a few new versions to developers ahead of their public release.

iOS 16 will introduce a new Custom Spatial Audio feature for AirPods. You will be able to use your iPhone’s TrueDepth camera system to create your own custom Spatial Audio profile.

How to Install AirPods Beta Firmware

You can follow our guide on how to get the latest beta firmware on your AirPods. You’ll need access to the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 per year. Additionally, Apple says you must have a Mac running macOS Ventura, an iPhone with iOS 16, and Xcode 14 beta to install the beta.

Note that beta firmware can take up to 24 hours to install on your AirPods once you follow the instructions. Your AirPods will remain in the beta channel and receive all future betas live. Once a stable update is rolled out, your AirPods will automatically switch to it.

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