Apple has released a new firmware, version 6A305, for the 2nd-generation AirPods Pro, following closely behind the previous update, 6A303. The update, according to Apple’s support page, includes bug fixes and other enhancements, which is the standard terminology used even if there are no actual improvements. This firmware applies to both the original Lightning version and the newer USB-C version of the 2nd-gen AirPods Pro.
The most recent update, 6A305, quickly followed 6A303 and 6A301 and brought new features such as Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness, and Personalized Volume for users with iOS 17 or macOS Sonoma. However, there may be some issues that need to be addressed with these new features.
To determine the firmware version of your AirPods, connect them to your iPhone and follow these steps:
- Open Settings.
Choose your paired AirPods (located at the top).
Go to the bottom of the page, past all the choices, to find the About section.
Examine the Version line.
This information can also be located in General > About > AirPods Pro.
Unfortunately, there is no known method to manually update your AirPods Pro. Typically, they will update automatically when connected to an online iPhone, but not in use. To potentially trigger an update, you can connect them to your iPhone (and play music for a brief period to ensure connection), then place them in the charging case and keep them near your phone. However, the update process may take anywhere from a few hours to several days to complete.