Apple AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max now get a new software update, here’s how to install it

Apple AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max are now eligible for a new software update and there is an easy way to download and install it on your device.


  • Apple has a new software update for its entire line of AirPods.
  • AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max users can update.
  • Apple did not detail the changes the new update brings to the AirPods.

Apple is currently rolling out a software update for the AirPods line to make some improvements, which unfortunately aren’t listed anywhere on the company’s website. The latest firmware update brings version 4C165 to all the latest AirPods models: AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. The update comes three weeks after the previous one, but this time Apple has chosen not to share release notes for the new firmware.

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True wireless earbuds and the AirPod line of headphones, however, should perform better with the software update. But to find out what specifically changed, users will need to install the update on their AirPods model and dig around to find out what’s new and what’s better with the new software. Currently, the software update is only available for AirPods earphones and earphones. There is no information about which Beats headphones and earphones receive the new update.

Here’s how to update your AirPods

It is a bit complicated to manually update AirPods to newer firmware versions. But there is an easy way, according to Apple, to leave AirPods on and connected to iPhone via Bluetooth. The software will automatically download and install on the AirPods. And to be sure, you can check the existing firmware version of your AirPods by following these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  • Access the “Bluetooth” menu
  • Access your AirPods from the device list
  • Tap the ‘i’ label next to them
  • Look at the number of “Firmware Version”

If the firmware version is 4C165, it means your AirPods have been updated successfully. But if you see anything else in the firmware version box, you may need to leave your AirPods connected to the iPhone for the update to be installed. Those with the new firmware can tinker around to find out what has changed, if so.

As the current AirPods lineup receives new software, Apple is reportedly working on the successor to the AirPods Pro that it could launch next year. Rumors are rife that the AirPods Pro 2 will get a major overhaul, but the new design is not available at this time. Besides the design, Apple’s upcoming AirPods Pro is also expected to see hardware upgrades and a few new features. This may include a new chipset for improved connectivity, updated motion sensors for fitness tracking, and better active noise cancellation (ANC).

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