Apple today has released a beta version of the AirPods Pro firmware update for members of the Apple Developer Program. The Beta version of AirPods Pro firmware brings FaceTime spatial audio and environmental noise reduction functions. The custom transparency mode, including dialogue promotion, was initially expected to be included in the beta, but it seems to have been postponed to a later version.
Apple announced earlier this year that a beta version of AirPods Pro firmware will be provided to developers, allowing certain AirPods Pro software features or changes to be extensively tested before being released to the public, but it initially did not give a time frame for release.
The AirPods Pro Beta firmware can now be downloaded under the More Downloads heading on Apple’s developer website. To install the beta firmware, users must have an iPhone running iOS 15 beta software, a Mac running Xcode 13 beta software, and fully charge their AirPods Pro.
Installing the AirPods Pro Beta firmware is more laborious than most other Apple developer test versions. It needs to install the AirPods Pro configuration file on the iPhone, connect AirPods Pro to the iPhone, connect the iPhone to a Mac device running the Xcode 13 beta, open the iPhone pre-release beta firmware settings, and open the AirPods Pro automatic beta software update, And then follow the procedure on the screen. Apple pointed out that users should be patient because it can take up to 24 hours to receive and install these updates.
Once installed, there is no way to roll back to the non-Beta version of the AirPods Pro firmware. The only option is to close further updates and wait for the release of the non-Beta version. In the past, there was no way to manually update the new firmware of AirPods devices. When connected to a power source and paired with an iPhone or iPad with an Internet connection nearby, the update was only installed automatically in the background.