Apple releases new beta firmware for AirPods / Pro / Max, version number 5B5040c

Apple released a new beta firmware update for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and AirPods Max, version number 5B5040c. Apple has been offering beta firmware updates for AirPods since WWDC in June. Installing the beta firmware requires an iPhone running iOS 16, a Mac running macOS Ventura beta, Xcode 14, and supported AirPods.

Developers need to pair the AirPods with the iPhone, connect the iPhone to the Mac using a Lightning cable, launch the Xcode 14 beta on the Mac, and select the pre-release beta under "Settings - Developer - AirPods Testing" firmware.

Apple hasn't disclosed details about the new firmware update for the AirPods, and we don't yet know what improvements or bug fixes the new firmware brings. Additionally, users can check the AirPods or AirPods Pro firmware by following these steps:

  • Connect AirPods or AirPods Pro to your iOS device
  • Open the Settings app
  • Select general
  • Select about
  • Select AirPods
  • Check the number next to "Firmware Version"

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