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You can now run AirPods Pro beta firmware — here's how

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What you need to know

  • Apple announced earlier this year that it was bringing beta firmware to AirPods Pro.
  • The feature is now live, and people on Apple's developer program can update to beta firmware through Apple's Developer Website.
  • The first beta iteration features FaceTime Spatial Audio and Ambient Noise Reduction.

Users of Apple's AirPods Pro who are also on the company's developer program can now access and download beta versions of firmware for the device, giving them early access to new features.

As noted by MacRumors the new service is now available after Apple announced the move back in June.

Beta firmware releases will let some users try out new features for AirPods Pro early, and the first iteration includes FaceTime Spatial Audio and Ambient Noise Reduction, as MR notes it was expected to include Custom Transparency mode and Conversation Boost, but these are absent.

To download beta firmware, you'll need access to Apple's developer website, and the new update can be found in the 'more downloads' section. You'll also need an iPhone running the beta of iOS 15 and a Mac with Xcode 13. According to MacRumors, you'll also need an AirPods Pro configuration profile on your iPhone:

It requires an ‌AirPods Pro‌ configuration profile to be installed on an ‌iPhone‌, ‌AirPods Pro‌ to be connected to the ‌iPhone‌, the ‌iPhone‌ to be connected to a Mac running the Xcode 13 beta, ‌iPhone‌ Prerelease Beta Firmware settings to be turned on, ‌AirPods Pro‌ automatic beta software updates to be turned on, and then an on-screen process to be followed.

Apple says the updates can take up to 24 hours, and that once you've updated there's no going back. Testing AirPods Pro beta firmware definitely isn't for the faint-hearted, but might be worth it for some to get their hands on some key new features early!

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Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

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.

1 Comment
  • I just wish they would put an option to manually check for updates with the AirPods pros instead of all the hoop-jumping through you have to do now if your AirPods don't update on their own.