Air Pods Pro on stageSource: Rene Ritchie / iMore

What you need to know

  • There's a new AirPods Pro firmware update out.
  • It adds iOS 14's new spatial audio support.
  • It also brings automatic device switching as well.

Apple today released a new AirPods Pro firmware update, version 3A283, bringing with it some new iOS 14 features that we've been looking forward to. With iOS 14 installed and a pair of AirPods Pro updated to this new firmware, users can enjoy spatial audio and automatic device switching for the first time.

As MacRumors points out, multiple people have taken to social networks and the MacRumors forums to say that the update brings with it the new features. So long as you're using the latest betas, that is.

Just tried out spatial audio on my iPad. Very cool! The illusion of the audio coming from the iPad is so convincing that I actually thought at first that the sound was coming from my iPad's speakers. Had to take an AirPod out of my ear to confirm I was really hearing it from the AirPods themselves. I would really like to learn more about whatever dark magic Apple is using to pull off this illusion!

Spatial audio is likely best used in games and content like movies and TV shows, for example.

Automatic device switching will likely be the feature most people will notice first, with devices automatically connecting to AirPods as and when they are needed. Users will see their AirPods automatically connect to whichever device they are actively using rather than having to manually switch audio outputs. Devices will need to be signed into the same iCloud account for this to work, however.

We don't yet know when iOS 14 will be made available to the public, but the word on the street is that it will happen within days or weeks. It's worth remembering that there is no way to force AirPods Pro to update their firmware, too. They should do so automatically when they are in their charging case and connected to power.