Apple has released a new firmware update, version 5E133, for AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. This update is available for the AirPods second and third generations, the first and second generations of AirPods Pro, and the AirPods Max. This update is an improvement from the previous version, 5B59, that was released in January.
The firmware update was briefly released by Apple but was pulled soon after. It has been made available again to all eligible devices. Users need not take any action as firmware updates are delivered automatically while AirPods are charging and in Bluetooth range of an iPhone, iPad, or Mac that’s connected to Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, there is no way to install the firmware update manually.
Apple has not provided any detailed release notes for the firmware update, but it is generally expected that this update will fix bugs and enhance the overall performance of the AirPods. There have been no indications of any feature changes to the AirPods.
To check if your AirPods have the latest firmware version, make sure that you have the latest version of iOS or iPadOS. Then, go to Settings > Bluetooth, and tap the Info button next to the name of your AirPods. Scroll down to the About section to find the firmware version. For macOS users, press and hold the Option key while choosing Apple menu ? > System Information. Click Bluetooth, then look under your AirPods for the firmware version. With macOS Ventura, you can also choose Apple menu ? > System Settings, click Bluetooth, then click the Info button next to the name of your AirPods.
If you do not have an Apple device nearby, you can set up an appointment at an Apple Store or with an Apple Authorized Service Provider to update your firmware.