Apple AirPods 3 Announced With MagSafe-Based Wireless Charging, Longer Battery Life for $179 with MagSafe-based wireless charging at yesterday’s Unleashed’ event. Alongside the new AirPods, the company also silently updated the AirPods Pro with a new charging case that supports MagSafe wireless charging.
Last year in October, Apple launched a service program for the AirPods Pro for units suffering from crackling and static sound issues. The program was initially supposed to cover AirPods Pro units for two years from their date of sale. However, Apple has now quietly updated the program to extend it by another year.
AirPods dominate the wireless earphone market despite their hefty price tag. However, Apple has plans to take things up a notch and outfit the wearable with heath and fitness-related features in the years to come.
Apple has released a new firmware for AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. The latest firmware is 4A400. Previously, AirPods and AirPods Pro were running 3E751 while the AirPods Max ran on 3E756 firmware.
Apple has delayed the launch of the Find My network for the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max until “later this fall.” The company has updated the iOS 15 features page on its website to reflect this change.
Netflix has started rolling out Spatial Audio support on the iPhone and iPad. The Spatial Audio option will be available in both iOS 14 and iOS 15, though it requires one to have the AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. You also need an iPhone 7 or newer or an iPad 6th gen, iPad Pro, or later to enjoy listening to content with Spatial Audio.
Apple and Cornell University conducted research that reveals how one can estimate respiratory rate remotely using AirPods and AirPods Pro. The new method facilitates remote and cost-effective estimation of respiratory rate.
Just like iPhone, iPad, and Mac, AirPods Pro was recently added to the list of Apple devices supported to receive Beta firmware updates. About two weeks after the first AirPods Pro firmware beta was available, the second beta with firmware version 4A362b is now available to download.
Apple has released the first beta firmware for AirPods Pro, which adds support for Ambient Noise Reduction and Spatial Audio for FaceTime calls.
According to the Apple Developer website, the company is planning to start a Developer Beta Program for AirPods Pro firmware. This beta program will allow developers to test features and fixes before a firmware update is shipped to the public.