AirPods users hope firmware update lets them use replacement buds


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An AirPods 2 firmware update benefits everyone who uses these earbuds, but some people should be extra happy.
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Apple on Tuesday introduced the first firmware update for second-generation AirPods since late last year.

This should benefit those who received a replacement AirPods bud last month with unreleased firmware. They can now update both to the same firmware version so they’re usable again.

New AirPods 2 firmware at last

Last December, AirPods 2 got a firmware update to version 2C54. Today, Apple released version 2D15. There is no way to know what’s changed because Apple doesn’t make release notes available for this type of update.

But it should be a boon to people who’ve had a useless AirPods bud for several weeks. There were reports in April that Apple was shipping out single replacement AirPods buds with firmware version 2D3. Those buds wouldn’t pair and function with buds still running version 2C54. But now both AirPods can be updated to firmware 2D15 because it’s more recent.

Get firmware 2D15 for AirPods 2

Updating the firmware in Apple’s wireless earbuds is 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. Don’t remember whether you have the original AirPods or second-generation model? Apple can tell you.

A version of firmware 2D15 for AirPods Pro debuted last week.


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