New version of AirPods Pro beta firmware features Conversation Boost

Air Pods Pro on stage
Air Pods Pro on stage (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released a new beta firmware update for the AirPods Pro.
  • Firmware beta 4A362b adds Conversation Boost, a new feature that is coming with iOS 15.

Apple's AirPods Pro are getting another beta firmware update.

As reported by MacRumors, Apple has released a new beta firmware update titled 4A362b for the AirPods Pro. The new update brings the Conversation Boost feature, which will launch with iOS 15, to the earbuds.

Last Friday, Apple released a second version of the AirPods Pro firmware (4A362b), but it went under the radar until today when it was shared on Reddit.According to Apple's developer website, the second AirPods Pro firmware update adds support for Conversation Boost, a feature that was missing from the first beta.

Apple normally does not let us know what the purpose of a firmware update is, but the company began releasing beta versions of their AirPods firmware to help developers test new features. This latest beta firmware version includes Conversation Boost, a new feature that will use the beam-forming microphones in the earbuds to help those who are hard of hearing to focus on the person talking to them.

If you are trying to manually update the firmware in your AirPods, you won't have any luck with that either. Apple has limited the beta firmware for AirPods Pro to registered developers who also need Xcode in order to download 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 of the public release, check out our article on How to update the firmware on your AirPods.

Apple is obviously preparing its headphones for iOS 15 which is expected to launch in the next month or so. The company is also expected to release a new generation of AirPods later this year.

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.