Apple’s wireless Bluetooth earbuds are configured to automatically update to the most recent firmware release.
However, there are some tricks that you can apply to force the update, including connecting them to a charger and pairing them with the companion iOS device.
For the AirPods Pro, firmware 3A283 comes to replace version 2D27 that was an exclusive release, issued at the start of this summer, to the high-end AirPods.
The AirPods 2 however, are running firmware 2D15 released earlier this year, in the first week of May.
How To Check AirPods Firmware Version
Because the AirPods upgrade to the most recent firmware automatically, you have to check first if your wireless earbuds have been already updated, or you should attempt to force an update:
1. Open the Settings app.
Tip: Make sure that your AirPods are connected to your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap on General.
3. Select About.
4. Tap on AirPods.
5. Read the code next to Firmware Version.
How To Upgrade AirPods To 3A283 Firmware
If the code doesn’t match 3A283 it means that your AirPods haven’t updated yet. Perform these steps to force an update:
1. Place your AirPods in their case.
2. Connect the case to a power source.
3. Connect the AirPods to the paired iPhone.
Fact: The upgrade process should start shortly. Be patient and check back on your wireless earbuds later on.
Tip: You need to run iOS 14 on the companion iOS device to get AirPods firmware 3A283.
AirPods Firmware 3A283 Features
Apple doesn’t include any details about AirPods firmware updates. However, these focus on performance improvements, bug fixes and new features.
In this case update 3A283 is most likely related to a new AirPods Pro feature advertised during the WWDC 2020 keynote, called Spatial Audio. One more new feature expected is Automatic Switching, which should be available to all AirPods.
Spatial Audio has the role to create a theater-like audio experience for AirPods Pro users, while the Automatic Switching allows Apple’s wireless earbuds to automatically connect to an Apple device that plays audio and is associated with your Apple ID.
Are your AirPods updated to firmware 3A283. Are you getting the Spacial Audio and Automatic Switching features? Let us know in the comments section available below.
Related: Do you know that a new AirPods Optimized Battery Charging feature is available in iOS 14?