How to Update Your AirPods Pro and Get Better Sound
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Apple revealed to WWDC earlier this year that it will be deploying a big AirPods Pro firmware update this greatly improves the sound capabilities. Well, with the launch of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for iPhone and iPad, the firmware update for the AirPods Pro is finally here.
The new firmware update gives AirPods Pro a new “Spatial Audio” feature so they can better take advantage of the accelerometer built into each earbud. When watching a video or movie on your iPhone or Mac computer, AirPods Pro are now able to know exactly where you are heading in relation to the screen and then adjust the sound accordingly. The update would also bring support for immersive sound technologies like Dolby Atmos, so it will sound more like watching a movie in a real theater.
Additionally, the update gives the AirPods Pro two more features. First of all, there is a new automatic switching function; the headphones will automatically detect the device you are listening to, be it an iPhone, iPad or Mac, and then switch to that one (no management of bluetooth settings required). In addition, there is an “optimized charge” feature that allows your AirPods Pro to learn your usage patterns and only charge 100% when it knows you are about to use them. This is a feature that iPhones and iPads have had for years and should help your AirPods Pro last longer.
In order to get these new features. you need to make sure they have firmware update 3A283 and your phone or iPad has iOS 14. To check if your AirPods have the new update:
- Make sure you have them paired with your iPhone or iPad.
- Open the Settings app> General> About.
- Scroll down and select the name of your AirPods Pro.
- Check the firmware version of your AirPods Pro. If it’s 3A283, you’re up to date.
Chances are your AirPods Pro are already up to date. If not, you can update your AirPods Pro quite easily. Make sure they’re paired with your iPhone or iPad and put them back in their charging case. Then make sure the charging case is charging, either by Lightning cord or wireless charging cradle, and open the AirPods Pro cover. Unfortunately, there is no option to update AirPods Pro automatically, but after waiting a few minutes, they should update on their own.
Once the update is complete, you can activate the Spatial Audio feature by opening Control Center (swipe down from the top right corner) and long press the volume bar on AirPods Pro in the same way as you would switch between noise cancellation and transparency modes. . You should see a “Spatial Audio” option next to the noise cancellation. Otherwise, your iPhone probably hasn’t downloaded iOS 14 yet.
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