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Apple ends support for Beats Updater

Powerbeats on iPhone
Powerbeats on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple is ending support for Beats Updater.
  • Previously, users could plug their wireless Beats into a computer to update their firmware.
  • Going forward, over-the-air will be the only way to update.

Apple is ending support for its Beats Updater utility, meaning users will no longer be able to update firmware with the tool going forward.

From MacRumors:

Apple has officially retired Beats Updater, the software utility that lets users update the firmware of their Beats Wireless headphones, earphones, and speakers.Beats Updater allows users to plug their Beats product directly into the USB port of their computer to check for firmware updates online, but with Apple's growing tendency to deliver over-the-air updates to wireless products via iOS or iPadOS, the company clearly feels the utility has reached the end of its life.

The tool can still be downloaded for both Windows and Mac and will support a few models of previous-generation wireless Beats products including its Solo2, Studio, Powerbeats 2, Powerbeats Pro, Powerbeats 3, Solo Pro, Solo3, BeatsX, and Studio 3 headphones.

As per the report, some of these can be updated simply by pairing them with an iOS device, or through the Beats app for Android. Over-the-air supports Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, Powerbeats3 Wireless, Solo Pro, Solo3, Studio3 Wireless, and Beats X.

A recent Beats firmware update means Apple's Powerbeats Pro can now automatically switch between iPhone and iPad if you're running iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. The feature works with Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Solo Pro, although hasn't been rolled out to any other model save the Powerbeats Pro.

Apple is expected to debut its own set of over-ear headphones, dubbed AirPods Studio at an event over the coming months.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.