Apple Updates AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro Firmware to Version 3A283

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Apple today released new 3A283 firmware updates for the second-generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods are being updated from the 2D15 firmware they were previously running, while the AirPods Pros are being updated from the 2D27 firmware they had installed previously.


Apple does not provide details on what's included in refreshed firmware so we don't know what's included, but we are awaiting new firmware to support iOS 14 features such as automatic device switching and spatial audio for the AirPods Pro.

There's no standard way to upgrade the firmware of the ‌AirPods, with the new firmware 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."
It has been several months since Apple released new firmware updates for the AirPods and the AirPods Pro.

‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌ firmware updates often include performance improvements, bug fixes, and feature tweaks, and if we find notable changes after the firmware updates are installed, we'll add new details to this article.

Article Link: Apple Updates AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro Firmware to Version 3A283
 

appleguy123

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With the poor software quality control from Apple lately, I wonder if you really want to apply this update without waiting for someone else to brick their AirPods.
It’s not likely you really have a choice. The update will install at some point while you’re charging your AirPods. There’s no way to stop it.
 

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Apple today released new 3A283 firmware updates for the second-generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods are being updated from the 2D15 firmware they were previously running, while the AirPods Pros are being updated from the 2D27 firmware they had installed previously.


Apple does not provide details on what's included in refreshed firmware so we don't know what's included, but we are awaiting new firmware to support iOS 14 features such as automatic device switching and spatial audio for the AirPods Pro.

There's no standard way to upgrade the firmware of the ‌AirPods, with the new firmware 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."
It has been several months since Apple released new firmware updates for the AirPods and the AirPods Pro.

‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌ firmware updates often include performance improvements, bug fixes, and feature tweaks, and if we find notable changes after the firmware updates are installed, we'll add new details to this article.

Article Link: Apple Updates AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro Firmware to Version 3A283
Also really hoping for that ANC to be like what it was originally and I'm always hoping that they'll announce that Apple Music will now support higher quality/ bit rate music streaming some adjustments are made to accommodate this. Dreams
 

kcslc

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My airpods 2 cut out all the time. Stop playing randomly. My version 1 set had similar issues. I think I’m done buying Apple branded headphones, if a firmware update doesn’t fix this buggy mess.
 

MacDevil7334

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It won’t come with this.. the update required for spatial audio will be a hardware update ( all current hardware updates for AirPods Pro are 1.0.0.0) (I think that’s the amount of zeros lol) this is a software update
This is incorrect. Apple clearly stated at wwdc that spatial audio would be coming to all AirPod Pros this fall with iOS 14.
 

Trik

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It won’t come with this.. the update required for spatial audio will be a hardware update ( all current hardware updates for AirPods Pro are 1.0.0.0) (I think that’s the amount of zeros lol) this is a software update
My Airpods Pro currently says Hardware Version 1.0.0.

The Hardware Version number traditionally applies to hardware. Meaning, in order to see a different number there, you'd have to purchase a new set of Airpods. You cannot "upgrade" the hardware version number via software.

So, imo, spatial audio will be a firmware upgrade, or else we'd all be required to purchase new Airpods Pro for it to work.
 

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My airpods 2 cut out all the time. Stop playing randomly. My version 1 set had similar issues. I think I’m done buying Apple branded headphones, if a firmware update doesn’t fix this buggy mess.
Have you tried repairing them? I am using AirPods 2 with iPhone 11 and iPad Air 2, no issues.
 
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TheGeneralist

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It won’t come with this.. the update required for spatial audio will be a hardware update ( all current hardware updates for AirPods Pro are 1.0.0.0) (I think that’s the amount of zeros lol) this is a software update
No, that's not likely at all.
Apple announced spatial audio to be accessible for the current hardware version of AirPods Pro during WWDC. Therefore I would clearly expect it to be a software update, not a hardware update.
 
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Homme

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My Airpods Pro currently says Hardware Version 1.0.0.

The Hardware Version number traditionally applies to hardware. Meaning, in order to see a different number there, you'd have to purchase a new set of Airpods. You cannot "upgrade" the hardware version number via software.

So, imo, spatial audio will be a firmware upgrade, or else we'd all be required to purchase new Airpods Pro for it to work.
Ah. I wasn’t sure if you could upgrade the hardware version via software, had Been curious as to why that existed


This is incorrect. Apple clearly stated at wwdc that spatial audio would be coming to all AirPod Pros this fall with iOS 14.
Yes your correct. I thought with the hardware update part for the AirPods Pro that that had to be updated or its stuck on that version
 
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