After the WWDC 2022 keynote this week, Apple released new beta firmware for several AirPods models, including second-generation AirPods, third-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. Apple says the beta firmware includes auto-switching improvements and various bug and stability fixes. The new beta firmware has version number 5.0 and build number 5A5282d, up from 4.4 and 4E71.


Apple says the AirPods beta firmware enables the development of AirPods-related features on iOS and macOS and allows Apple to debug issues. Apple didn’t provide any additional details on specific auto-switching improvements in the latest beta.

Members of the Apple Developer Program can access beta firmware on the More Downloads Page from the Apple Developer website, with installation instructions. Beta firmware does not appear to be available for the first generation AirPods.

To install beta firmware, Apple says developers need an iPhone running iOS 16 beta, a Mac running macOS Ventura beta, Xcode 14 beta, and supported AirPods. Developers need to pair the AirPods with an iPhone, connect the iPhone to a Mac with a Lightning cable, launch Xcode 14 beta on the Mac, go to Settings → Developer, and choose Pre-Release Beta Firmware from the AirPods Testing section.

Apple says it can take up to 24 hours to receive and install beta firmware on AirPods. Once installed, Apple says the beta firmware will continue to work on AirPods until an updated version of the non-beta software is released. Any additional beta software updates will be automatically received in the meantime.

(Thanks, Robert Bentley!)

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