Earlier this year in June, Apple — at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) — had announced a capability to locate lost AirPods. The feature was supposed to come with iOS 15 but didn’t roll out then. A report by 9to5Mac says that Apple has rolled out a firmware update to AirPods Pro and AirPods, which will make it easier to find them with the Find My app.
How will the feature work?
Apple has a vast Find My network of devices and with the latest firmware update, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max are a part of it. What this means is that these wireless headphones can send continuous Bluetooth beacon messages. If — and when — there are other devices in the area where the AirPods are lost, they can detect a signal and show it on the Find My network. A user will get an idea of the location of the lost AIrTags. Users will also get a visual indicator of the devices’ approximate location.
How to get new firmware update on AirPods
It has been years now but getting a new firmware update remains a task on the AirPods. There’s no set process where you can toggle something on the iPhone and get the update. All you can try and do is keep the AirPods inside the case next to the iPhone and wait for the firmware update to land automatically. Generally, once an update comes, AirPods users get it in a relatively short period of time.
Is the feature similar to AirTags?
Not really. AirTags have a U1 chip inside them which gives them a directional arrows feature that can point you to their exact location. AirPods do not have the U1 chip so it has a different UI and has a blue theme, compared to the green one on the AirTags.
Do note that the Find My feature is compatible with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max only.