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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today introduced new 5E133 firmware for the AirPods 2, AirPods 3, the AirPods Max, the original AirPods Pro, and the AirPods Pro 2 up from the 5B58 and 5B59 firmware updates that were released in November and January.


Apple does not offer immediately available release notes on what's included in refreshed firmware updates for the AirPods‌, but the company does maintain a support document with release information.

There is no standard way to upgrade the ‌AirPods‌‌ software, but firmware is 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 firmware by following these steps:
  • Connect your ‌‌AirPods‌‌ 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 update this article, but the software likely includes performance improvements and bug fixes.

Article Link: Apple Releases New Firmware for AirPods, AirPods Max and AirPods Pro
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macrumors 6502
Apr 4, 2012
There is no standard way to upgrade the ‌AirPods‌‌ software, but firmware is installed over-the-air while the ‌‌AirPods‌‌ are connected to an iOS device.
Didn't they release an update that reduced the quality of the AirPod Pro's noise cancellation feature following a lost in a law suit to a patent troll? I wish there were an option to not allow automatic updates for AirPods. I'm pretty dubious of all updates now.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 16, 2020
"ANC has become significantly weaker" in 3...2....1....
I heard about this being in issue shortly after the Airpod Pro 2s got a new firmware. Has that been resolved since? Have the new firmwares improved battery life?


macrumors 68000
Oct 8, 2020
Millions are now in an uproar because they can’t manually update their AirPods within minutes of a firmware release. And then they all swear that ANC has been nerfed so that Apple forces them to buy the forthcoming USB-C versions!!
right?! And the same remarks keep coming for every firmware update to these earbuds ;-) It's "funny".
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macrumors 6502a
Nov 29, 2004
Toronto, ON
I've always wondered what process is to update the code for battery charging. At some point, there needs to be some tweak to the charge behavior/measurement of battery level so repeated battery charges remain effective and accurate.
Surely given age of some of the products getting the firmware update that part of it is to address this feature.
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