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Airpods update: the simple solution

Wireless intra-ear headphones-said True Wireless – have had incredible success since their introduction to the market a few years ago. The stars in this very fashionable category are undoubtedly the famous Apple AirPods, which, despite their high price, remain at the top of the sales by serving as a reference on the market.

What few people know is that, unlike conventional wired models, wireless headphones embark a fairly sophisticated electronic part managed by internal software – microlohicheal or firmware, in the jargon. And this program is not frozen: like any software, it can evolve and improve over time thanks to updates. For example, the audio space function for AirPods Pro has been introduced via a firmware update.

Airpods are no exception to the rule and their firmware is scalable. Boredom is that Apple does not allow today to manually update the internal airpods software, the manufacturer having chosen an automatic process. In addition, Apple remains relatively secret regarding the content of these updates, which are not even notified to users. And certain conditions must be met for updates to be done correctly. In short, everything is done in an invisible way, not to say secret … Thus, in March 2021, the Micologie des Airpods Max went from version 3C16 to 3C39 without warning, and without giving information on new products or improvements made.

However, there is a way to take control and try the airpods update. But the result is not guaranteed..

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How to find the version of the AirPods firmware ?

The first thing to do is to find the version number of your AirPods internal software, in order to find out if it can benefit from an update.

  • On an iPhone or an iPad paired with AirPods, open the Settings iOS.

  • Go to the section General.

  • Open the sub-rub Information.

  • Scroll down and press Airpods.

  • The number is indicated to the right of the mention Internal program version (2D27 on our screenshot). Unfortunately Apple does not give any detail on the version, without even indicating if it is the most recent or if there is one new one. You have to go nun on the web to get more ..

How to force the airpods firmware update ?

If your version of the internal software is exceeded, you can always try to force up the update by fulfilling the conditions imposed by Apple for its updates via the cloud.

  • Place the AirPods in their load box.
  • Connect the case and make sure it is being loaded.
  • Place an iPhone or iPad paired with headphones near the charging box and activate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so that the device is connected to both Internet and AirPods.
  • If an update is available, it should be downloaded and installed after several minutes. If you encounter problems to update your AirPods‌, make sure that the load box is completely loaded and repeat the operation.
  • If nothing is happening, connect your airpods to your iPhone then launch a piece of music for several tens of seconds. Cut the music then replace the airpods in their housing. Connect it to recharge the battery without removing it from the iPhone and wait half an hour. This operation should have the effect of triggering the update. If not, start the manipulations.

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About updates to the AirPods internal program

Discover the changes and features included in updates to the internal program of your AirPods.

Find the version of the internal program of your AirPods

Updates of the internal program are deployed automatically while your airpods are in charge and are within reach of the Bluetooth of your iPhone, iPad or Mac connected to Wi-Fi. You can also use your iPhone, iPad or Mac to check that your airpods have the latest version. To check if your airpods are up to date using your iPhone or iPad, make sure you have installed the latest version of iOS or iPados. Access Settings> Bluetooth, then touch the Info button next to your Airpods. Scroll down the screen to the section about to view the internal program version. To check if your airpods are up to date using your Mac, make sure you have installed the latest version of MacOS. Keep the Option key and choose the Apple menu > System information. Click Bluetooth, then search for the internal program version under your airpods. Under Ventura macOS or subsequent version, you can also choose the Apple menu > System settings, click on Bluetooth, then on the Info button next to your AirPods. If you do not have a nearby Apple device, you can make an appointment in an Apple Store or an Apple approved service center to update the internal program.

Most recent versions of the internal program

  • Airpods pro (2nd generation): 6A301
  • Airpods pro (1st generation): 6A300
  • Airpods (2nd and 3rd generations): 6A300
  • Airpods Max: 6a300
  • Airpods (1st generation): 6.8.8

Notes in version 6A300/6A301

When applied under iOS 17 and MacOS Sonoma, the 6A300/6A301 update of the Internal Airpods program passes the experience with the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) at the higher level thanks to adaptive audio functionality, conversation detection and conversations and Personalized volume. This update also offers you more control during calls. You can cut and reactivate the microphone with a simple support on the airpods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generations) and AirPods Max. On all airpods models, the automatic tilting functionality has been significantly improved to alternate between several Apple devices with the latest software updates.

Notes of the 5E135 version

  • Bug corrections and other improvements