AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max all have a new firmware update

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What you need to know

  • Apple has released a new firmware update for the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max.
  • Firmware version 4C165 should bring performance improvements and bug fixes.

The 2nd generation AirPods, 3rd generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max have all received a firmware update.

As reported by MacRumors, Apple has released a new firmware update for the full range of the company's earbuds and over the ear headphones. The full lineup is now running firmware version 4C165.

Apple today released a new 4C165 firmware update for the AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. The second-generation AirPods and AirPods Max were previously running firmware version 4A400. The AirPods Pro previously had 4A402 firmware available, and AirPods 3 were running firmware version 4B66.

Apple does not tell anyone exactly what the purpose of a firmware update is. While they typically do not bring any new user features to the AirPods lineup, they usually bring some performance improvements and bug fixes.

If you are trying to manually update the firmware in your AirPods, you don't have a surefire way to do so. Apple updates AirPods firmware in the background, so there is no way to tap a button and manually initiate the update. However, the update typically occurs when your AirPods and iPhone are charging together, so you try to do that to potentially initiate the update.

If you want to learn more about updating your AirPods firmware or how to check to ensure you are on the latest version, check out our article on How to update the firmware on your AirPods.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

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  • My AirPods Pro have never updated the firmware. I followed this twice, and it worked for me: