AirPods firmware version 6 has been released with iOS 17 compatibility, improved switching, and AirPods Pro 2-specific features.
The biggest feature set is reserved for the AirPods Pro 2, which has the 6A301 build number. This includes Adaptive Audio and Conversation Awareness when paired with a product running iOS 17.
The new firmware is installed automatically for users, and no mechanism is available to force an update manually. The firmware will install by itself as long as the AirPods or AirPods Pro are in a charging case and connected to an iOS device.
Release notes for firmware version 6.0:
When used with iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma, AirPods firmware update 6A300/6A301 takes the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) experience to the next level with Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness, and Personalized Volume. This update also adds convenience and control on calls with press to mute and unmute for AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), and AirPods Max, as well as significant improvements to the Automatic Switching experience for all available AirPods across Apple devices with the latest software updates.
How to check your AirPods firmware version
AirPods users can check the current firmware for audio accessories within the Settings app.
- Open the Settings App
- Select General
- Select About
- Select the AirPods you wish to view
- A menu will appear showing relevant device information
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