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A week after releasing a new firmware update for the AirPods Pro, Apple has pushed the same firmware to the second-generation AirPods, updating them from the previous 2A364 firmware to the new 2D15 firmware.

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Apple didn't make it clear what's new in the refreshed firmware at this time, and AirPods Pro owners had mixed reactions to the update, with some saying that it improved Active Noise Cancellation and others finding that it did not.

The second-generation AirPods don't have Active Noise Cancellation, so it's unknown what improvements are included in the firmware. AirPods firmware updates often provide performance improvements, bug fixes, and feature tweaks. This software update likely fixes the bug that caused some customers who were sent a replacement AirPod with unreleased firmware to be unable to use them as it should update the 2D3 firmware to 2D15, allowing them to once again be paired with existing AirPods.


You can check to see what firmware your AirPods have installed by following these steps:
  1. Make sure the ??AirPods?? are connected to your iOS device.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap About.
  5. Tap ??AirPods??.
  6. Look at the number next to "Firmware Version."
Apple hasn't provided explicit instructions to customers on how to initiate a firmware update, but activating the AirPods with audio and then putting them in the case and connecting them to a power source seems to be a reliable way of forcing an update.

Apple in December released the 2C54 firmware update, but later pulled it, so it's worth noting that some people who updated right away have the 2C54 firmware while others are still on 2A364.

Article Link: Apple Updates Second-Generation AirPods Firmware to Version 2D15
 
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NickName99

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Still seeing 2C54 on mine, despite taking the usual steps. It’s pretty unpredictable when those silent firmware updates get applied.

Edit: at some point in the last hour they updated. They still sound great, I don’t notice any difference.
 
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dadiy

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I hope it fixes the crackling problem so I don’t have to turn Bluetooth off and on all the time to fix it.
 
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one more

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Curious to see what it changes, as I did not have any complaints with 2A364. It would be good to have more info from Apple.
 
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triangletechie

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Strangely, I’m on firmware version 2D3.
same
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I hope, really HOPE they keep this form factor or basic AirPods lineup. I love mine, they are so comfortable and useful, I can't believe it took me so long to buy them, but I can't imagine going back to the wired ones.
I think they'll keep this design as it's been mega popular. I tried the Pros but each eartip eventually popped out of my ears. The original design fits me much better.
 
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BuffaloTF

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I'm still on 2B588. No idea how to update it... hopefully it fixes the Noise Cancellation/Transparency "rattle". There's nothing loose, but it makes a rattling noise in my right ear. Either that or I just gotta warranty replace it.
 
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joshellis625

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I wonder if 1st gen AirPods are going to see any more updates... I mean mine work fine so I guess it doesn't really matter to me.
 
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4jasontv

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Apple didn't make it clear what's new in the refreshed firmware at this time, and AirPods Pro owners had mixed reactions to the update, with some saying that it improved Active Noise Cancellation and others finding that it did not.

Apple hasn't provided explicit instructions to customers on how to initiate a firmware update,


Ah yes. Updates that don't tell us what they are doing, are not initiated by the end user, and there is no clear explanation on when the update may occur.
 
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BaltimoreMediaBlog

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I'm stuck on 2A364 and no matter what I do, connect disconnect, power to the case, make sure WIFI is connected, etc, I cannot force this update. And does the Airpod case and the iPhone have to be plugged into power at the same time? I cannot believe that Apple has no instructions on this. :(
 
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Relentless Power

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I hope it fixes the crackling problem so I don’t have to turn Bluetooth off and on all the time to fix it.

Just to clarify this, sometimes that ‘crackling issue’ you’re referencing was also misconstrued for the ‘rattling‘ others were complaining about. The rattling was something that others were claiming that would be intermittent, but the crackling I never personally experienced.
 
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MauiPa

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I hope it fixes the crackling problem so I don’t have to turn Bluetooth off and on all the time to fix it.
probably not your AirPods (unless the are filthy). More likely interference, or a problem to decompression/conpression from Spotify
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I'm stuck on 2A364 and no matter what I do, connect disconnect, power to the case, make sure WIFI is connected, etc, I cannot force this update. And does the Airpod case and the iPhone have to be plugged into power at the same time? I cannot believe that Apple has no instructions on this. :(
you cannot force the update, what is the problem with that, seriously?
 
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SAIRUS

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Lets take a guess what bug is in it (oh hey I'm just toying around, feel free to skip past this post if you have no sense of humor).

I'm going with someone broke hey Siri support when you only have one AirPods in. It will culminate with Apple saying "Oh we are using both mics now thus we want 2 mics to listen" only for some website to do testing with 2 firmwares, and notice that's not the truth.

A boss at Apple will get mad at his underling for telling him the wrong thing to say, and fire him..after all he said he would revert his commit, with the boss thinking he was being mean. When told the underling was talking about source control, the manager will get mad and feel that controlling someones source is an HR offense.
 
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chriscl

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It took a while, as in about 30 minutes plugged into the charger, but I’m now on 2D15 as suggested.

Will give them a more thorough test in a bit to see if I can determine any change...
 
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