Apple Quietly Updates AirPods Firmware to Version 3.5.1

Apple today quietly put out a firmware update for the AirPods, bumping the Bluetooth headphones from version 3.3.1 to 3.5.1, as spotted by a user on Reddit. The update to AirPods is automatic for any AirPods in their Charging Case and connected to a nearby iOS device. After making sure the AirPods are connected, users can check their current firmware version by going to the Settings app on iPhone > General > About > AirPods.

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It's not clear what the 3.5.1 update covers due to its silent release and a lack of specific patch notes, but the AirPods have faced a number of complaints over the past few weeks that the new firmware version could potentially be addressing. Mainly, there have been a number of user complaints regarding battery drain issues with the AirPods and the Charging Case, as well as dropped Bluetooth connections when on phone calls on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices.

AirPods launched in December to largely positive reviews from users praising their ease of connectivity with iOS devices, thanks to the W1 chip, as well as their sound quality. Since the launch, the AirPods have been hard to come by both online and in Apple retail stores, with current shipping estimates on Apple.com sitting at the six week mark, arriving mid-March if users order today.

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Top Rated Comments

Blackstick Avatar
50 months ago
Gotta love a world where headphones and refrigerators need software updates.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
b0nd18t Avatar
50 months ago
Does this update fix them falling out of my ears?? Fingers crossed
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
William Gates Avatar
50 months ago
Amazing that people don't realize there is software in a wireless device.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djeeyore25 Avatar
50 months ago
Does this fix the issue of modern music sounding terrible?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zorn Avatar
50 months ago

So now there is an OS in ear-pods, amazing

That's actually a very good thing since they can fix any issues via firmware update such as this..
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
freediverx Avatar
50 months ago

Gotta love a world where headphones and refrigerators need software updates.

Ah yes, we all miss the good old days when the only way to improve a product you already purchased was to buy another one.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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