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Apple today released a new 4E71 firmware update for the AirPods 2, AirPods Max, and AirPods Pro, up from the 4C165 firmware that was released back in December. Apple has also released new 4E71 firmware for the AirPods 3, up from the 4C170 firmware that was released in January.

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Apple does not offer information on what's included in refreshed firmware updates for the AirPods‌, so we don't know what improvements or bug fixes the new firmware brings.

There is no standard way to upgrade the ‌AirPods‌‌ software, but firmware is generally installed over-the-air while the ‌‌AirPods‌‌ are connected to an iOS device. Putting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ in the case, connecting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to a power source, and then pairing the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to an iPhone or an iPad should force the update after a short period of time.

You can check your ‌‌‌AirPods‌‌ or ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌‌‌‌‌ firmware by following these steps:
  • Connect your ‌‌AirPods‌‌ or ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌‌‌‌ to your iOS device.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap About.
  • Tap ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌.
  • Look at the number next to "Firmware Version."
If we find notable changes after the firmware updates are installed, we'll share details, but the software likely includes performance improvements and bug fixes.

Article Link: Apple Releases New 4E71 Firmware for AirPods, AirPods Max and AirPods Pro
 
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Archmage

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My PowerBeats4 are still running 4A394. Do they just not get updates anymore? They have a frickin’ H1 and were only discontinued 6 months ago.
 

miniyou64

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Hopefully its stops stopping my audio when using Siri on Max. AirPods Pro don’t have that problem… 2 different products with the same functionality behave differently. Very un-Apple like…
 
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jprokos

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I just hope it makes my AirPod Pros work again. They've been very strange the last few weeks. They connect and disconnect constantly. Noise cancellation and Transparency mode will not stay on.
Had them checked out at a Genius Bar and everything looked okay. No idea what is going on with them.
see this sort of experience is what’s so frustrating with Apple. Premium products and tech support has no clue why they don’t work. Hope you asked for a new pair?
 

sorgo

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Would be nice if you could plug them in and update like the iPhone MagSafe Battery Pack.
It’d be really nice if there were an interface option to update without the need for something arguably extraneous like a MacBook (especially for those of us without them). It’s ridiculous when my iPhone and Lightning-equipped iPad can fulfill all my primary tech needs aside from updating a battery pack…that I use with my iPhone and AirPods.

Another excuse to get a USB-C-equipped iPad one of these years, I suppose.
 

Sbishop84

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What’s the battery life like? Jokes aside I’ve already got this firmware update which is strange considering i couldn’t get the last update.
 

EugW

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There is no standard way to upgrade the ‌AirPods‌‌ software, but firmware is generally installed over-the-air while the ‌‌AirPods‌‌ are connected to an iOS device. Putting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ in the case, connecting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to a power source, and then pairing the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to an iPhone or an iPad should force the update after a short period of time.
I didn't know you can connect to the AirPods while they're in the case.

Or am I misreading that paragraph?
 

sorgo

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You don't need to keep the lid open. Just use your APP for 15-30 mins and put 'em back in the case. They should update in a few mins as long as you don't mess with them.
When updating software, true—they will remain connected and the update will perform even (only?) with the lid closed. I guess I was speaking more generally.
 
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