Apple today provided developers with a new beta firmware update for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2, and AirPods Max. The new beta has version number 5B5040c.

Apple has been providing beta updates for AirPods since its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and firmware is limited to developers who can download it from the Developer Center. Installing the beta requires an iPhone running iOS 16, a Mac running macOS Ventura beta, Xcode 14, and supported AirPods.

Developers must pair AirPods with an “iPhone”, connect the “iPhone” to the Mac with a Lightning cable, launch Xcode 14 beta on the Mac, go to Settings > Developer, and select Pre-Release Beta Firmware under AirPods Testing must. Subsequent updates are delivered over the air when the pre-release test option is enabled.

There is currently no word on what’s included in the beta firmware. The previous version of AirPods firmware added improvements to Auto Switch and stability fixes.

Following testing, the software will come to all AirPods and could potentially see a launch alongside iOS 16.1, which is still in testing.

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