A week after releasing a new version of the firmware that powers the AirPods Pro, Apple has now also released a similar update for the standard AirPods, too. The update replaces the previous version called 2A364.

The update is obviously a free download although it’s difficult to actually install it manually.

Instead, AirPods will automatically update when they are plugged in within range of a charging iPhone, so long as they are paired. You’ll likely never notice the update take place, too.

Apple isn’t saying what this update does and it’s likely just an update to fix slight pairing issues or sound oddities. This release will also help those who had replacement AirPods shipped from Apple that, for reasons unknown, were running an unreleased 2D3 firmware.

They were rendered unusable because they were on a different firmware than the other AirPod they were supposed to be paired with. This new update will bring both earbuds to the same software level.

You can check whether your AirPods are running any particular firmware update by making sure that they are paired and connected to an iOS device and following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap General.
  2. Tap About followed by AirPods.

The firmware number is listed beside “Firmware Version,” as you might expect.

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