Apple Releases New Firmware for AirTags

Apple today released a new firmware update designed for the AirTag item trackers. The firmware features a build number of 2A61, up from the 2A36 firmware that came out last December.

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It has been nearly a year since Apple updated the firmware on the AirTags, and there is no word yet on what might be included in the update.

Today's firmware release will be rolling out on a staggered basis. One percent of users will get the update today, and then it will expand to 10 percent of users on November 7. On November 14, an additional 25 percent of users will see the update, and then it will be available to all on November 28.

It is not possible to force an ‌AirTag‌ update, as it's something that's done over-the-air through a connected iPhone. To make sure the update happens, you can put your ‌AirTag‌ in range of your ‌‌iPhone‌‌, but you have to wait for the firmware to roll out to your device. You can check your current ‌AirTag‌ firmware version through the Find My app, with instructions available in our how to.

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Top Rated Comments

8 months ago
Bet it reduces the noise cancellation for the AirPods Pro....somehow.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarpalMac Avatar
8 months ago

AirTAGS? ?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Robert.Walter Avatar
8 months ago

Is there a way to prevent the update?
Remove the battery and never put it back in.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
m0dest Avatar
8 months ago
Can we take a moment to acknowledge how amazing it is that Apple shipped a v1 product and nailed it so well that, 2 years later, there is still only 1 SKU, no hardware revisions, and they've sold something like 50-100 million of them?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Think|Different Avatar
8 months ago
Oh yeah — let’s gooo! One of their best products in ages has just got better.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
t0rqx Avatar
8 months ago

You're doomed! 7 AirTags to be updated to the latest firmware only increases the chances of ANC reduction in your AirPods Pro -- for sure.
I would not be surprised if The firmware maybe now let the airtags function as a repeater to find nearby Airpods from users who deliberately remove their iPhone from the Airpods proximity thus preventing Apple to reduce ANC to forcing them to upgrade. The more airtags users have the easier for Apple to downgrade hardware close in proximity.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)