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Reports indicate AirPods Max firmware update may have fixed battery drain

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What you need to know

  • Apple may have solved the battery drain issue with AirPods Max.
  • Users report improved battery life when switching to the latest firmware.

Users are reporting that Apple may have solved AirPods Max battery drain with a firmware update earlier this week.

From developer Guilherme Rambo:

AirPods Max battery usage in the Smart Case before and after the latest firmware update. I think they've fixed it.

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The suggestion was echoed by Jason Cipriani who stated "I don't have fancy charts, but I'm seeing the same thing. Latest firmware for AirPods Max fixed the battery drain."

Not everyone is convinced though, at least one user saying the issue was still unversolved even after updating to the latest Firmware.

These are very early initial reports, so it will certainly take more time to establish whether the fix has worked, but the early signs are good.

The new firmware, 3C39 was released Tuesday, and whilst Apple never provides details on Firmware updates, it was highly speculated Apple was trying to address concerns of crazy batter drain in its latest AirPods. If the problem is sorted, then there's never been a better time to take advantage of the best AirPods Max Deals, including up to six months of free Apple Music and News+.

Rambo notes Apple seems to have also fixed a connectivity issue:

It also seems to have addressed an issue where the AirPods Max would crash shortly after being connected to a new device.

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Apple's AirPods Max are a luxurious audio experience with awesome noise cancellation, but the experience comes at a price, and you also have to use Apple's smart case.

Have you updated to the latest firmware? Let us know if you've seen an improvement in your battery life, or if it's still the same!

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.

2 Comments
  • Little early to tell, but charged mine up after the update yesterday. They are on the new firmware. 24hrs later they still say 100%. Didn't pay that much attention before, but I understand they were losing more than that when in the bra.
  • About 4 days now and they are at 97% without having been removed from the case. Seems like 1%/day. Not sure that is good, but likely not horrible. I do imagine most people would be using them more, considering what they paid for them. My guess is that if you use them normally, you won't notice the idle battery drain, you'll just know you need to charge them up periodically.