Apple AirPods Firmware

anthony13

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I'm glad to see Apple at least has some service response acknowledging it. I really hope they return to the level of ANC they originally had. I know some don't hear a difference and that's valid, i'm just saying i do hear a difference and that should also be valid.
 
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SAIRUS

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What was the firmware on each set?

& did you swap them, so you actually heard both, to eliminate the subjectiveness?

Mine was 2c54 and hers was 2b588. Yes both listened to the same song, same ears and 2 different people. While the sample size is quite small and 2 firmwares that are fairly close together, something seems to be wrong.

I've also had APP from day one and travel every few months or so. Might be something between just our devices, as my APP gets more use than hers, so one couldn't isolate all variables to even imply causality, I could say that there was something amiss.

That said, if it was me, I'd eliminate humans out of the equation and automate the testing...but Tim doesn't pay me enough to help him.
 

petterihiisila

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I got the second replacements today. Thumping noises are again gone, using the same tips the same way on the same phone. ANC is better at filtering subwoofer level rumbles.

Let’s see how long this lasts. These came with 2B588.

Serial number is showing “1”. Oh well.
 

jigzaw

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In early January, I started having insane charging issues with my Airpods Pro. The case wouldn't seem to hold a charge. It could be fully charged one minute, then I'd take an Airpod out and suddenly the case was at 0%, then I'd plug it in for 2 minutes and it'd jump back up to like 70%. Meanwhile I could never get the Airpods themselves up to 100% charge. They were hopping around from number to number seemingly without any relation to my charging of them.

After reading about the pulled 2C firmware, I looked and that indeed was what I was on. I went to the Apple Store and the employee basically looked at me like I was a nut, and tried to run a test on the battery which didn't turn anything up. He had me running a cycle of unpairing, forgetting, rebooting, etc. I told him about what I'd read and he brushed that off as rumors.

After a few minutes he said "Well I'm going to go ahead and give you a new pair. You're getting lucky because we're super busy today and it'll be easier to just let you have a new one than to keep messing with these."

The new pair he gave me is still on 2B588, and the charging and battery are behaving rationally.

All that said, I've had lag on the Pro's (on all firmwares) that I never had with the original-generation Airpods. When I push play, skip, or change the speed (on a podcast), there is often (but not EVERY time) 5-10 seconds of silence before the audio will kick back in. I mentioned that to the Genius and he blamed iOS for that, said the current version is buggy with Airpods (but still, it doesn't happen with my original Airpods, only the Pros). Anyone else have this particular issue? It plagued both my first and current set of Pros.
 

Ralfi

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In early January, I started having insane charging issues with my Airpods Pro. The case wouldn't seem to hold a charge. It could be fully charged one minute, then I'd take an Airpod out and suddenly the case was at 0%, then I'd plug it in for 2 minutes and it'd jump back up to like 70%.
I’ve got this issue with my pods (not case). The batteries are fine, it’s just an inconsistent battery level reading bug. New firmware will hopefully fix it. You did get lucky at the Apple Store - I went in with a screen recording of the issue, & they didn’t swap them for me (I didn’t mind, as it seemed like a software update would address it anyway).
 

petterihiisila

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Nov 7, 2010
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Day 2, 3rd replacements still working well, still on 2B588. I understand the “grill theory” that people suggest here, and using blue-tac to keep them clean from tiny debris. However, if I try to manually and carefully block those openings with these pods, I can’t reproduce the thumping/rumble problem, no matter what I do. The ANC stays good, so far. Or maybe I’m blocking it wrong.

I’m not saying that debris couldn’t cause problems, but it appears that there are more than 1 or 2 root causes that can result in similar symptoms. And therefore no one trick to fix them all. Anyway, I’m sure to try the blue-tac trick if ANC gets worse again. Or any other wizardry people come up with.