AirPods firmware can now be updated from a Mac

The AirPods firmware update process is quite confusing, as there is no manual way to download and install new firmware, or even indicators about the update progress. While that remains true, the macOS 12.3 beta finally allows AirPods to be updated from a Mac.

9to5Mac was able to confirm that the macOS Monterey 12.3 beta, which was released to developers on Thursday, features the framework responsible for updating the AirPods firmware. Previously, these updates could only be done through an iPhone or iPad.

In our testing, we successfully updated a pair of AirPods Pro to the latest firmware version available using a Mac running macOS Monterey 12.3 beta. Unfortunately, the update process is triggered automatically like in iOS, which means there’s no way to know when an update is available or when the Mac is downloading the update – at least not easy way.

Apple says AirPods firmware updates are installed when the headphones are connected via Bluetooth to an Apple device. Connecting the AirPods to a power source can make the process easier.

Unlike the iPhone and iPad, the Mac does not display the current AirPods firmware version. Even so, having the ability to update Apple’s truly wireless headphones using the Mac is better than nothing, especially for those who only have a Mac and no iOS device.

The macOS Monterey 12.3 beta is now available for developers, while the official release is expected this spring.

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