Apple has released a developers-only beta firmware update for its AirPods. The new software adds some of the new features that were announced on stage at Monday’s WWDC 2023 keynote address.
The update brings a new Adaptive Audio feature to the AirPods, combining Transparency and Active Noise Cancellation to dynamically match the conditions of the environment that the listener is in.
Listeners can stay present in their environment while distracting noises are reduced, listening to music without missing what’s going on around the listener. When someone is nearby, a conversation awareness option will lower the sound of the music and focus on voices, while also cutting out background noise.
The Adaptive Audio and Conversation functions also work on phone calls to make it easier for you to hear the person you’re speaking with.
The beta is also designed to improve automatic switching across the Apple ecosystem, allowing users to swap their AirPods between devices more quickly than before.
The AirPods developer beta is only available for Apple Developer Program members starting today. Learn more at developer.apple.com. New AirPods features will be available this fall as a free firmware update.