Beginning this week, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will have access to a tool that allows technicians to update AirPods Pro earbuds to the latest firmware.
The new tool is available to technicians with access to the Apple Service Toolkit 2, allowing them to update a customer’s AirPods Pro firmware in certain scenarios, such as customers using non-iOS devices, if a left or right AirPods Pro fails to update, or if the customer received a replacement with a different firmware version than their existing hardware.
According to an internal memo shared by MacRumors, the tool is compatible with AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case or a MagSafe charging case. At this point, we don’t know whether the tool also works with other AirPods models.
Currently, there is no way to update AirPods firmware manually, as they automatically update when paired to an iPhone or iPad.
Apple last week released new firmware updates for the second-generation AirPods, third-generation Airpods, the AirPods Pro, and the AirPods Max. All three models have been updated to 4C165 firmware. The second-generation AirPods and AirPods Max were previously running firmware version 4A400. The AirPods Pro previously had 4A402 firmware, and AirPods 3 were running firmware version 4B66.