Apple releases new beta firmware for AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max with auto switch fixes

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Following this week’s WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple has released new beta firmware for several AirPods models, including the second-generation AirPods, third-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. Apple says the beta firmware includes auto-switching improvements and various bug and stability improvements. The new beta firmware has version number 5.0 and build number 5A5282d, up from 4.4 and 4E71.

AirPods Pro Beta Firmware
Apple says the AirPods beta firmware enables development of AirPods-related features in iOS and macOS and allows Apple to debug issues. Apple didn’t provide any additional details about the specific improvements being made to auto-switching in the latest beta.

Members of the Apple Developer Program Can Access Beta Firmware more download page From the Apple Developer website, complete with installation instructions. Beta firmware does not appear to be available for the first generation AirPods.

To install the beta firmware, Apple says developers need an iPhone running iOS 16 beta, a Mac running macOS Ventura beta, Xcode 14 beta, and compatible AirPods. Developers need to pair AirPods with iPhone, connect iPhone to Mac with Lightning cable, launch Xcode 14 beta on Mac, navigate to Settings → Developer, and choose Beta Firmware Prerelease in AirPods Testing section .

Apple says it can take up to 24 hours for AirPods to receive and install beta firmware. Once installed, Apple says the beta firmware will continue to run on the AirPods until an updated version of the non-beta software is released. Any additional beta software updates will be received automatically in the meantime.

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