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

Apple today introduced new 5B59 firmware for the AirPods 2, the AirPods 3, the original AirPods Pro, and the AirPods Max, up from the 5B58 firmware that was released in November.

AirPods 3 New Firmware Feature
Apple does not offer immediately available release notes on what's included in refreshed firmware updates for the AirPods‌, but the company does maintain a support document with release information.

There is no standard way to upgrade the ‌AirPods‌‌ software, but firmware is installed over-the-air while the ‌‌AirPods‌‌ are connected to an iOS device. Putting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ in the case, connecting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to a power source, and then pairing the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to an iPhone or an iPad should force the update after a short period of time.

You can check your ‌‌‌AirPods‌‌ or ‌‌‌‌‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ firmware by following these steps:

  • Connect your ‌‌AirPods‌‌ or ‌‌‌‌‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌‌‌‌‌ to your iOS device.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap About.
  • Tap ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌.
  • Look at the number next to "Firmware Version."

If we find notable changes after the firmware updates are installed, we'll update this article, but the software likely includes performance improvements and bug fixes.

Related Roundups: AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max
Related Forum: AirPods

Top Rated Comments

metalsiren Avatar
20 weeks ago
I still cant believe you cant manually hit a button to say update... LOL come on Apple this is stupid by now.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Justin Cymbal Avatar
20 weeks ago

I’m glad that Apple now publishes a support document for what is included in each of the firmware updates
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleUser2 Avatar
20 weeks ago
Here we go. Has it improved ANC or made it worse? Let’s see.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Prof. Avatar
20 weeks ago
Let’s hope this fixes the insane battery drain. I’ll fully charge my AirPods Pro 2 and with light usage the case will be down to 30-50% in 24 hours.

EDIT: either I read the article wrong or they edited the OP, but the APP2 will not receive this firmware update. Here's hoping a later update fixes the excessive battery drain.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
carrrrrlos Avatar
20 weeks ago
Wow, will FindMy actually finally find my AirPod Pros in the case that are right next to me?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anshuvorty Avatar
20 weeks ago
Here we go again! Loss of ANC is to be expected. Get ready folks, Apple preparing folks for the APP 3, and the APM 2.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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