Apple began to provide developers with AirPods Pro Beta firmware in July this year to test new features before release. Recently, Apple released the AirPods Pro Beta 2 firmware (4A362b), but it was not noticed until today when it was shared on Reddit.
According to Apple’s developer website, the second AirPods Pro Beta 2 firmware update adds support for Conversation Boost, a feature that is missing in the Beta 1 beta. Conversation Boost is a feature of iOS 15. It uses the beamforming microphone in AirPods Pro to increase the volume of calls, which is very good for people with mild to moderate hearing impairment.
Of course, everyone can use this feature to talk to other people without having to remove AirPods from their ears. Since this is an accessibility option, it can be enabled or disabled in the accessibility menu in the iOS Settings app.
Apple also announced that users will be able to track AirPods through the Find My app, just like AirTags. However, this option has not been enabled yet. The original AirPods Pro Beta firmware test version added support for FaceTime spatial audio and ambient noise reduction features, which are the other two AirPods Pro features in the iOS 15 update.
AirPods Pro Beta 2 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 2 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.