Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will now have access to a new AirPods Firmware Updater diagnostic tool, beginning early next week. However, this tool will not be rolling out to regular users.
The new diagnostic tool, called the “AirPods Firmware Updater,” can be used by Apple technicians who have access to the Apple Service Toolkit 2 to manually download the latest AirPods firmware update. It is reported that the diagnostics tool is only compatible with the AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case or a MagSafe charging case. There’s no indication to suggest if it will work with other AirPods models.
Apple is launching an AirPods Firmware Updater tool! After all these years of waiting its coming!
There's a catch though.
It's only available to Apple Technicians. It's also only intended for people who use AirPods with non-Apple stuff, or AirPods that got mismatched firmware.
— Stella – Fudge (@StellaFudge) December 10, 2021
It is to be noted that the tool is not available for all users. It will only be rolling out to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.
Updating your AirPods firmware isn’t as straightforward as that of your iPhones. Firmware updates are only available over the air, so your AirPods are updated when they’re connected with the iPhone or iPad. You can even force an update by putting the AirPods in the case and connecting it for charging. To make your life easier, you can check out our nifty guide on updating your Airpods firmware via iOS devices. However, if you’re using a non-iOS device, the AirPods Firmware Updater tool will come in handy. Moreover, the tool can help fix issues with mismatched firmware on your AirPods.
Just this week, Apple released a new firmware, version number 4C165, for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. You can check out your AirPods firmware version on your iOS device by navigating to Settings > General > About and tapping on AirPods.[Via MacRumors]