Apple today released a firmware update for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max that offers new options for finding expensive products if you misplace them. It was these abilities in the first place Promised for iOS 15 But it wasn’t quite launched; Thankfully, Apple didn’t take much longer to roll it out. Monday 9to5Mac And Mac rumors mentioned in today’s release.
With Apple’s Find My app, it was already possible to display the location the AirPods were last paired with your iPhone or play a sound to make it easier to get off the couch cushions. But this new update greatly expands this functionality. Now you can turn on Lost Mode, and millions of other iPhone, iPad and Mac devices help you find your missing AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. If they are within the Bluetooth range of another Apple device, you will be notified of their location.
Apple has also added an AirTags-like user interface to “Find Nearby” to locate your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max collection if you know it’s nearby. Since there is no U1 chip in Apple’s headphones or earbuds, it’s not as accurate as with the AirTag; You don’t see the arrows pointing at you, but the onscreen prompts will display states like far, near, or “here” when you’re right next to them.
Also useful: You can now automatically receive a notification if you leave your AirPods somewhere. An apple Find my network support page It explains the different features and how they work.
Unfortunately, Apple still does not offer any easy way to update AirPods firmware. It’s just kind of Come Randomly when connected to your iPhone. But you can at least check which version you should see if you have these newer features:
- Go to iPhone or iPad Settings
- Tap General, then tap About
- Choose AirPods, and there you will see the “Firmware Version” field.
The new update that brings improved capabilities to Find My is version 4A400, so look for it. As for regular AirPods, it’s still limited to the basic features that were there before. But whenever the long-rumored third-generation AirPods debut, hopefully they’ll offer more robust location tracking as well.
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