On Wednesday, Apple started updating all AirPods fashions (AirPods, AirPods Professional, and AirPods Max) to firmware 4A400. Whereas the traditional, non-Professional, non-Max AirPods do not seem to have gotten a lot from this replace, AirPods Professional and AirPods Max acquired new “Discover My” options, and AirPods Professional now assist a characteristic known as “Dialog Enhance.”
Within the earlier firmware, it was attainable to ping your AirPods with Discover My to find them amongst sofa cushions or to see the place your AirPods have been once they have been final synced together with your iPhone.
However now, AirPods Professional and Max can even use the identical Discover My community of a whole lot of thousands and thousands of iOS gadgets which might be used to find misplaced AirTags. In case you lose your headphones, different folks’s iOS gadgets might discover them close by and replace your Discover My app with their location. (The proprietor of the opposite iOS gadget has no visibility into this course of.)
You can even use Discover My’s “Discover Close by” characteristic to find your AirPods Professional or AirPods Max, albeit with much less precision than a misplaced AirTag, and you’ll obtain a notification when your AirPods are separated out of your cellphone.
The firmware replace additionally provides Dialog Enhance to AirPods Professional. In case you’ve used AirPods Professional earlier than, you’ve got heard Transparency mode in motion; consider it as a form of reverse noise cancellation, in that it makes use of the identical rules behind that characteristic to amplify incoming audio from outdoors quite than suppress it.
Dialog Enhance will get a bit extra exact and zeroes in on voices, leveraging the headphones’ beam-forming microphones. The characteristic ought to allow you to perceive folks talking to you when you will have your AirPods Professional in your ears, even when you’re listening to music and in a loud room.
Dialog Enhance is not one other default noise-control mode that may be toggled in Management Middle like Transparency or Noise Cancellation. Slightly, it may be enabled through the Accessibility panel within the Settings app.
Sadly, there is not any approach to set off an AirPods firmware replace manually; it is pushed to your headphones via your cellphone routinely. However you may examine in your iPhone’s Settings app to see which model you are at present operating.