Firmware replace brings new Dialog Increase operate for AirPods Professional
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On Wednesday, Apple started updating all AirPods models (AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max) to firmware 4A400. While the regular Non-Pro and Non-Max AirPods apparently didn’t get much of this update, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max got new “Find My” features, and AirPods Pro now support a feature called “Conversation Boost”.
In the previous firmware, it was possible to ping your AirPods using Find My to find them between couch cushions or to see where your AirPods were when you last synced with your iPhone.
But now, AirPods Pro and Max can also use the same Find My network of hundreds of millions of iOS devices that is used to find lost AirTags. If you lose your headphones, other people’s iOS devices can find them nearby and update your Find My app with their location. (The owner of the other iOS device has no insight into this process.)
You can also use Find My’s “Find Nearby” feature to find your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, albeit with less precision than a lost AirTag, and get a notification when your AirPods are off your phone be separated.
The firmware update also adds Conversation Boost to AirPods Pro. If you’ve used AirPods Pro before, you’ve heard transparency mode in action. Think of it as a kind of reverse noise cancellation, as it uses the same principles as this feature to amplify incoming audio from the outside, rather than suppressing it.
Conversation Boost gets a bit more precise and focuses on voices by using the headphone’s beamforming microphones. This feature should help you understand people talking to you with your AirPods Pro in your ears, even if you are listening to music and you are in a noisy room.
Conversation Boost isn’t another standard noise reduction mode that can be toggled in the control center like transparency or noise reduction. Instead, it can be activated from the Accessibility panel in the Settings app.
Unfortunately, there is no way to manually trigger an AirPods firmware update. it is automatically sent to your headphones through your phone. However, you can check which version you are currently running in your iPhone’s Settings app.