Upcoming AirPods Pro firmware updates are now available to members of the Apple Developer Program as beta versions.
PAirPods Pro firmware beta one has FaceTime Spatial Audio and Ambient Noise Reduction. Custom Transparency Mode, including Conversation Boost, was originally expected to be included in the beta, but appears to have been delayed for a later release.
Apple announced that beta firmware for AirPods Pro would be available to developers earlier this year, so that certain AirPod Pro software features or changes could be tested a lot before being pushed to the public, but it did not initially provide a release timeframe.
The beta software is now available for download under the “More Downloads” heading of the Apple Developer website. To install the beta firmware, users must have an iPhone running iOS 15 beta software, a Mac running Xcode 13 beta software, and fully charged AirPods Pro.
Installing beta firmware is more labor intensive than most other Apple Developer betas. It requires an AirPods Pro configuration profile to be installed on an iPhone, AirPods Pro to be connected to iPhone, iPhone to be connected to a Mac running Xcode 13 beta, iPhone Beta firmware presets must be turned on, Pro updates of beta software to turn on, and then an on-screen process to follow. Apple notes that users should be patient, as it may take up to 24 hours to receive and install these updates.
Users should be aware that once installed, there is no way to roll back to a non-beta version of AirPods Pro firmware. The only option is to turn off further updates and wait for a non-beta release.
Previously, there was no way to manually update AirPods with new firmware, with updates only installed automatically in the background when connected to power and near a paired iPhone or iPad with an Internet connection.