iOS 16 beta 5: AirPods updates will be simpler and will tell you what’s new

Deepak Gupta August 10, 2022
Updated 2022/08/10 at 1:09 AM

Over the years, Apple has developed several AirPods firmware updates. However, the process has always been a bit of a mystery, without much information. With this week’s release of iOS 16 beta 5, the American company has made a small change to the Settings application that could mean a hypothetical advance in terms of information about details related to such firmware updates for your headphones.

This can be an important step for the user to realize when they have outdated headphones.

iOS 16 brings more information about Apple device updates

Over the years, we have been aware of firmware updates and except for very few times, the information focused only on the version. Nothing else was communicated by Apple. In this sense, the suggestion was always the same: open Settings, go to the DefinitionsClick in Generalthen in Information and select AirPods‌‌‌‌‌. Then it was only to notice the number in front of the "firmware version".

After that, well, it was waiting, as there was no action that could trigger the update.

However, as seen for the first time by a user on reddit, it will now be possible to go a step further and touch the firmware version itself. By tapping on the firmware version, the user will see which software version their AirPods are running, as well as the current firmware version of their AirPods Case.

Now, this information, as we can see in the first image, can be found right from the app Definitionswithout having to go to Bluetooth or through the information path in General.

The interesting point is right below this information. For there is also a new explanation: "Firmware details available at support.apple.com" with a link to the supposed page that will bring that information.

For now this link will not have the place that has information about what interests you. But at least it is known that Apple is working in this direction.

So this new feature of iOS 16 beta 5 could mean that when Apple releases a new firmware update for the AirPods in the future, the user will be able to follow that link and have access to the release notes. Within the speculation that this novelty raises, then the functionality could also be extended to AirTags and eventually to other accessories, such as the MagSafe battery.

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