Apple Releases New Beta Firmware for AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max

Apple today provided developers with a new beta firmware update for the AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2, and AirPods Max. The new beta has a version number of 5B5040c.

AirPods Pro Beta Firmware
Apple has been providing beta updates for the AirPods since the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and the firmware is limited to developers who can download it from the Developer Center. Installing the beta requires an iPhone running iOS 16, a Mac running the macOS Ventura beta, Xcode 14, and supported AirPods.

Developers are required to pair the AirPods with an ‌‌iPhone‌‌, connect the ‌‌iPhone‌‌ to a Mac with a Lightning cable, launch Xcode 14 beta on the Mac, navigate to Settings > Developer, and choose Pre-Release Beta Firmware under the AirPods Testing section. Subsequent updates are delivered over the air once the pre-release testing option is enabled.

There is no word on what is included in the beta firmware at this time. The prior version of the AirPods firmware added improvements to Automatic Switching and stability fixes.

Following testing, the software will come to all AirPods and it could potentially see a launch alongside iOS 16.1, which is also in testing.

Top Rated Comments

tgwaste Avatar
17 weeks ago
Automatic Switching is STILL an absolutely utter and horrific tragedy.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
choppsv1 Avatar
17 weeks ago
Doesn't anyone else think it's ridiculous that apple expects developers to test new software w/o providing any indication of what changed?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Grayburn Avatar
17 weeks ago

Nope, ANC is one thing Apple got right on the AP2!
They got it right on the very first firmware for the Gen 1 Pro’s but then ****ed it up gradually in every subsequent firmware "upgrade" afterwards.

It’s better in the Gen 2’s then it is in the Gen 1’s but it’s not totally amazing.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macmac30 Avatar
17 weeks ago

Downgrading “old” AirPods ANC so the new feel like a true improvement
Nope, ANC is one thing Apple got right on the AP2!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MaaK Avatar
17 weeks ago

The main problem of ANC is that it can fully isolate you from the environment.

good if you are busy studying/working in a loud environment, but bad if you are walking across the city and isolate from anything around you.
True, but isn’t that what ANC is all about? If you are walking on a street with full ANC on and get into an accident it‘s kind of your won fault.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
whcchief Avatar
17 weeks ago

Downgrading “old” AirPods ANC so the new feel like a true improvement
Nah they already nerfed them a year or two ago.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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