To make buying, owning and maintaining your AirPods seamless, Apple makes sure you don’t have to update your AirPods manually. In fact, updating them manually is impossible. Rather than doing that, when updates are available, they are installed automatically.
However, you are allowed to check the firmware version of your AirPods. Meaning, you can know what their present version is, anytime you want. See How To Make Sure Your AirPods Update To The Latest Firmware Version?:
When AirPods Update Automatically?
Your AirPods cannot be forced to install an update, but you must know that they will perform the update automatically.
Your AirPods get updated when:
- The AirPods are in their charging case.
- The AirPod case is charging. Plugged into a charging cable or on a wireless charging pad (if they can charge wirelessly).
- The AirPod case is close to your iPhone.
How Can I Check My Airpods’ Firmware Version?
- Get the AirPod into their charging case.
- On your iPhone, launch the Settings app.
- Click “General” and then click “About.”
- Open the lid of the AirPods case. The AirPods battery menu will open but you need it close it. An “AirPods” would be seen beneath “EID.”
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- Click “AirPods” to view details, including the present firmware version.
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More Information About Your AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro are wireless Bluetooth earbuds created by Apple, initially released on October 30, 2019. They are a premium variant of AirPods.
AirPods Pro use the same H1 chip found in second-generation AirPods, but boast a slimmer design, active noise cancellation, adaptive EQ, IPX4 water resistance, a new charging case with Qi standard, and interchangeable silicone tips.
Apple announced AirPods Pro on October 28, 2019, and scheduled them to be released two days later on October 30, 2019. They include features of standard AirPods, such as a built-in microphone that filters out background noise, built-in accelerometers and optical sensors can detect presses on the stem and in-ear placement, and automatic pausing when they are taken out of the ears. Control by tapping is replaced by pressing a force sensor on the stems.
They use the same H1 chip found in second-generation AirPods that support hands-free “Hey Siri”. They have active noise cancellation, accomplished by microphones that detect outside sound and filter it. Active noise cancellation can be turned off or switched to “transparency mode” that helps users hear surroundings. Noise cancellation modes can also be switched in iOS or by pinching the stems of the AirPods using a new “force sensor”. Battery life is slightly shorter than standard AirPods at 4.5 hours due to the processing for noise cancellation. They are rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance.
They come with three sizes of silicone tips. In iOS there is a software test to “[measure] the sound level in the ear and comparing it to what is coming from the speaker driver” to ensure a correct fit, as well as a feature called “Adaptive EQ” that “automatically tunes music to the shape of [the] ear.”
Apple has a replacement program, charging $89 to replace an earbud and $99 to replace a charging case. Silicone tips can be purchased for $4. Battery service costs $49 per unit, though this is actually a replacement program as batteries cannot be replaced.