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Apple releases new update for AirPods

Apple releases new update for AirPods AirPods and Beats firmware updates address a critical security issue (photo: Pixabay)

Apple has released a new firmware update for several headphone models, including AirPods Pro 2, AirPods Max, AirPods 2nd and 3rd generation, as well as Beats Fit Pro and PowerBeats Pro. The update aims to improve device performance and address potential bugs, reports the Apple-related news website MacRumors.

Which headphone models will receive the update

  • AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
  • PowerBeats Pro
  • Beats Fit Pro

The new firmware version for these models is 6F8, which is an update from the previous version 6F7. For other AirPods models, version 6A326 is available, replacing 6A321.

The update addresses a critical security issue

According to Apple's document, the firmware update fixes a security problem that could allow an attacker within Bluetooth range to spoof data from a previously connected device to your headphones. This could potentially grant unauthorized access to your headphones.

Typically, Apple informs users in their support documents if known instances of such vulnerabilities have been exploited. However, in this case, the company does not mention any specific instances.

Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended to update your headphone firmware as soon as possible.

How to apply the new update

Apple does not provide specific instructions for updating AirPods software, but typically, the firmware installs automatically when you connect your AirPods to iOS. To initiate the update, place your AirPods or Beats in their charging case, connect it to a power source, and then connect your AirPods or Beats to iOS or Mac.

To check the firmware version of your AirPods

  • Connect your AirPods to your iOS device
  • Open the "Settings" app
  • Tap on "General"
  • Tap on "About"
  • Tap on "AirPods"
  • Look for the firmware version number listed next to "Firmware Version"