Apple made some changes to the way AirPods integrate with the Settings app with iOS 16. Now, with iOS 16 now available to the general public, Apple is building on those updates with a new support document which finally provides release notes for AirPods firmware updates…
With iOS 16 beta 5, Apple added more detail to the AirPods information available in the Settings app. Specifically, the company has added a dedicated area to view AirPods firmware version details. On this screen, you can see the firmware version of your AirPods as well as the AirPods case.
Under that information, there is also a new explanation saying, “Firmware details available at support.apple.com. When iOS 16 was in beta, this link didn’t take you anywhere because there was no related support article available on Apple’s support website.
Now that iOS 16 is available to the general public, this link actually takes you to an Apple support article where you can find details about the latest firmware versions for each AirPods model, along with release notes. for the latest update.
Unfortunately, it’s still unclear how detailed Apple’s release notes for AirPods firmware updates will be. The release notes for the latest AirPods firmware version, which is 4E71, simply states: “Bug fixes and other improvements.”
As a refresher, here are the latest firmware details for each AirPods model:
- AirPods Pro: 4E71
- AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation): 4E71
- AirPods Max: 4E71
- AirPods (1st Gen): 6.8.8
To find the new AirPods details in the Settings app on your iPhone (running iOS 16): Open Settings, choose the Bluetooth menu, tap on your AirPods, scroll down and tap on the “Version” option in the “About” menu.
Whether or not Apple will provide helpful AirPods release notes in the future remains to be seen. There is also no way to force your AirPods to update to new firmware versions. Progress is slow…
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