Earlier this year, Apple announced that it would be releasing the first beta firmware for the AirPods Pro. Until now, new features arrived in full firmware updates, with features simply arriving whenever Apple was ready to ship them. But with all of the changes coming to the AirPods Pro with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, Apple has changed its course.
Late last night, Apple released the first AirPods Pro beta firmware. This is only available for those enrolled in the Apple Developer Program, and the installation is not a simple one.
Included in this firmware beta is the new FaceTime Spatial Audio, along with Ambient Noise Reduction. Another expected feature such as Conversation Boost is not available in this release. It’s likely that Apple feels that this is not ready, even for beta testers, and could arrive in a later beta update.
Installing the AirPods Pro Beta Firmware
In order to get this beta firmware, there are a lot more steps that you need to take compared to installing the iOS 15 beta on your iPhone. Apple has even gone so far as to include instructions in order to avoid any complications. Here’s how you can do so, provided that you have an Apple Developer account.
- Navigate to developer.apple.com.
- Log into your Apple account.
- Click Downloads in the sidebar.
- In the top menu bar, tap More.
- Click View Details.
- Select the .mobileconfig file.
- Install the beta profile on your iPhone of choice.
Now that you have the beta firmware, there are a few other pre-requisites that you’ll need before proceeding:
- An iPhone running the iOS 15 beta software
- A Mac with the Xcode 13 beta software.
- A set of fully-charged AirPods Pro
If you meet all the requirements, you can proceed with the installation.
- Connect your AirPods Pro to your iPhone with iOS 15.
- Connect your iPhone to your Mac.
- Open the Xcode beta on your Mac.
- From your iPhone, open the Settings app.
- Select Developer.
- Choose Prerelease Beta Firmware.
- Find your AirPods Pro in the list of paired devices.
- Tap the prompt to turn on automatic beta software updates.
- Follow the onscreen instructions.
Since this is relatively new territory for Apple, the update won’t arrive nearly as quickly as other beta releases. Apple states the following:
Please be patient; it can take up to 24 hours to receive and install these updates.
After the update arrives, your AirPods Pro will be enrolled in the beta program. However, similar to enrolling your Apple Watch in the watchOS 8 beta means you won’t be able to roll back. Instead, you’ll be stuck on the beta firmware until a new stable version is released.
As is the case with all beta software releases, proceed with caution, and we don’t recommend installing the Developer Beta on your primary devices.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.