Apple has long had a beta program for its operating systems. With its help, users can be among the first to try out new opportunities, and the company receives important feedback. But if earlier beta firmware could be obtained for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac, AirPods Pro headphones have also been added to the list of devices.
The update is only available to developers who have a profile on the Apple Developers site. After installing the firmware, there is no way to roll it back. This must be taken into account before taking action. The device will run a beta version of the system until a stable version is released. And will continue to receive additional beta firmware while the device is registered in the beta testing program.
To install beta firmware on AirPods Pro, you need a Mac with the Xcode 13 beta app installed, an iPhone with iOS 15 beta, and a pair of fully charged headphones. First, you need to install the iPhone configuration profile, connect the AirPods Pro to the smartphone, and then use Xcode to get the earbuds to receive beta updates.
Apple’s step-by-step instructions are as follows:
- Connect iPhone to Mac
- Run Xcode 13 beta on Mac
- On iPhone, go to Settings> Developer, then select Pre-release Beta Firmware
- Find AirPods Pro in the list of paired devices and tap on them to enable automatic installation of beta firmware
- Read and follow the onscreen instructions for beta updates. Getting and installing the update can take up to 24 hours
In terms of innovation, the first beta adds support for Spatial Audio in the FaceTime app and Ambient Noise Reduction.