AirPods Pro owners hope firmware update boosts noise cancellation

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They AirPods Pro fit in their case like nothing ever happened.
Many are pinning hopes for AirPods Pro noise cancellation improvements on a new firmware update.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Apple introduced a firmware update for AirPods Pro on Tuesday. There’s no word yet on what this does, but many users of these truly-wireless headphones hope it improves active noise cancellation.

Fixing AirPods Pro active noise cancellation

Blocking out background noise is the signature feature of AirPods Pro, and many users were satisfied with these earbud’s active noise cancellation capabilities when the product debuted in autumn 2019. But a subsequent software update allegedly caused problems.

Apple introduced a new firmware version for these in-ear gadgets in January, and this started users complaining that AirPods Pro noise cancellation didn’t work as well.

Get firmware 2D15 for AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro owners can now update their devices to firmware version 2D15.  We don’t know what’s changed because Apple doesn’t make release notes available for this type of update.

And it’s not as easy as pushing a button on your iPhone. The best anyone can do to request an update is put the AirPods Pro in their case, with the case getting power. And the iPhone that they are paired with needs to be close by. Then wait.

For more information, read Cult of Mac’s guide to how to get the latest AirPods Pro firmware update.