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New AirPods firmware enables spatial sound, automatic switching



Apple released new firmware for AirPods Pro and second-generation AirPods on Monday, with build number 3A283 now available for download and installation.

The update replaces the previously available firmware, build number 2D15 for second generation AirPods, and build number 2D27 for AirPods Pro. This marks the fifth firmware update Apple has released for AirPods Pro since its launch.

Spatial sound mimics a 3D soundscape and a cinema-like experience, while also using the built-in accelerometers to track the user’s head movement to keep the sound properly oriented. AppleInsider managed to confirm that the 3A283 update enables spatial sound.

Spatial sound settings in the AirPods Pro Bluetooth menu

Spatial sound settings in the AirPods Pro Bluetooth menu

Quick swap will take the existing iCloud pairing feature to the H1 chip and increase autonomy. Theoretically, a user will be able to wear AirPods and play sound automatically in them as long as they are near the active device.

The new firmware is installed automatically for users, without any mechanism provided manually to force an update to take place. As long as the AirPods Pro is in the charging case and connected to an iOS device, the firmware will install itself.

AirPods users can check the current audio accessory firmware in the Settings app, select General, then About, and then select the device from the menu.


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