Apple released new firmware for the AirPods Pro and second-generation AirPods on Monday, with version number 3A283 now available for download and installation.
The update replaces previously available firmware, version number 2D15 for second-generation AirPods, and version number 2D27 for AirPods Pro. This is the fifth firmware update Apple has released for the AirPods Pro since its launch.
Spatial audio mimics a 3D soundscape and movie theater experience, while using the built-in accelerometers to track the movement of a user’s head to keep the sound properly oriented. Appleinsider was able to confirm that update 3A283 enables spatial audio.
A quick switch would take the existing iCloud pairing function of the H1 chip and increase its battery life. Theoretically, a user will be able to wear their AirPods and automatically play audio on them as long as they are near the active device.
New firmware is installed automatically for users, with no mechanism offered to manually force an update. As long as the AirPods Pro are in the charging case and connected to an iOS device, the firmware will install itself.
AirPods users can check the current firmware of their audio accessories in the Settings app, by selecting General, then About, then selecting their device from the menu.