Apple has today officially released the first version of beta firmware for AirPods Pro users. The new beta feature enables features such as Spatial Audio for FaceTime and Ambient Noise Reduction, but the process of installing the beta requires you to use Xcode on your Mac. Go below for full details.
AirPods Pro beta firmware is only available to developers, and the configuration profile is only available through Apple’s developer website. There is no way to downgrade once you have installed beta firmware on AirPods, so proceed with caution.
Apple promised that AirPods Pro beta firmware would be available sometime this summer at WWDC this year, and this week it was quietly added to the “More Downloads”
installed on AirPods Pro, the beta software cannot be removed. The device will continue to run this software until an updated non-beta version of the software is released. In the meantime, you will automatically receive any additional beta software updates as long as you have enabled AirPods Pro to receive them by following the steps below.
Prerequisites for running AirPods Pro beta include a Mac running Xcode 13 beta, an iPhone running iOS 15 beta 15, and a set of fully charged AirPods Pro. You must first install a configuration profile on iPhone, then connect AirPods Pro with iPhone, and then use Xcode to enable AirPods Pro to receive beta software updates.
- Connect iPhone to Mac.
- Launch Xcode 13 beta on your Mac.
- Go to Settings> Developer on iPhone, then select Beta Firmware in advance.
- Find AirPods Pro in the list of paired devices, then press to turn on automatic beta software updates.
- Read and follow the on-screen instructions to receive beta software updates. Please be patient; It may take up to 24 hours to receive and install these updates.
The first beta includes the new FaceTime Spatial Audio feature as well as the Ambient Noise Reduction feature. The Conversation Boost feature is not available in the first beta.
Spatial sound in FaceTime: Creates a sound field that helps conversations flow as easily as they do face to face. The friends’ voices are scattered to sound as if they are coming from the direction they are placed in the conversation.
Apple provides more information on how to install AirPods Pro beta firmware in a detailed PDF document on the developer’s website.
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