Apple today launched a new firmware update for AirPods and AirPods Pro. The version number of this firmware is now 3A283, and it replaces the 2D15 and 2D27 versions that the AirPods and AirPods Pro had respectively. The update is completely free for everyone who owns any model of these headphones.

To update the firmware you must have the AirPods inside their case and connected to a Lightning cable or an induction charging base (if you have a compatible model, of course). If your iPhone is nearby, it should download and install the update automatically after a while. You can read more details of the process in our tutorial.

A step before tomorrow’s news

Auto switching between devices and spatial audio seem to work with the latest iOS / iPadOS 14 betas and at least Apple TV +.

– Holger Eilhard (@holgr) September 14, 2020

The company never specifies in detail what improvements include firmware updates for these types of accessories, but it is too much of a coincidence that this happens less than a day before an Apple event. In MacRumors they have already discovered that the update brings Spatial Audio for AirPods Pro as announced at WWDC20. Through social networks you can also see that the automatic switch between linked devices comes with this new firmware.

Apart from that, Apple may have solved some performance or stability problem when pairing the headphones with the devices; or it improves energy consumption to optimize its autonomy. This may be mentioned at tomorrow’s event, along with the arrival date of the final version of iOS 14.