Apple today released a firmware update for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max that brings new options for finding expensive products if you’ve lost them. These capabilities were primarily promised for iOS 15, but never fully launched; Thankfully, Apple didn’t take much longer to roll it out. Monday 9to5Mac And Mac Rumors mentioned in today’s release.
Apple’s Find My app already made it possible to display the location where the AirPods were last paired to your iPhone or play a sound to make it easier to get off the couch cushions. come. But this new update significantly extends this functionality. Now you can turn on Lost Mode and help millions of other iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices find your missing AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. If they are within Bluetooth range of another Apple device, you will be notified of their location.
Apple has also added an AirTags-like UI to “Find Near” to locate your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max collection if you know it’s nearby. Since there’s no U1 chip in Apple’s headphones or earbuds, it’s not as accurate as the AirTag; You won’t see the arrows pointing at you, but the on-screen prompts will show states such as far, near, or “here” if you’re next to them.
Also handy: you can now automatically receive a notification if you leave your AirPods somewhere. Apple’s Find My Network support page explains the various features and how they work.
Unfortunately, Apple still doesn’t provide an easy way to update AirPods firmware. It’s just kind of come Random when connected to your iPhone. But at least you can check which version to see if you have these newer features:
- Go to iPhone or iPad Settings
- Tap General and then About
- Choose AirPods and there you will see the “Firmware version” field.
The new update that provides Find My enhanced capabilities is version 4A400, so look for it. As for regular AirPods, it is still limited to the basic functions that were there before. But when the long-rumored third-generation AirPods debut, hopefully they’ll also offer more robust location tracking.
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