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Apple AirPods Pro 2 ushered in the first day of updates, and it is expected that OTA will support lossless audio in the future

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IT House reported on September 23 that following watchOS 9.0.1 of Apple Watch Ultra, Apple has launched the latest new firmware update for AirPods Pro 2. This means that once the first users get these new products, they will see that there are system updates to install.

The new version of the Apple AirPods Pro 2 firmware is 5.0, 5A377. As of now, Apple has not disclosed any changes to this firmware. However, with the Apple Watch Ultra, we know the development team is already working on fixing the microphone audio issue on the device.

With the AirPods Pro 2, Apple may be doing something similar. Interestingly, the company is also testing a firmware update for the AirPods Max, which is not yet available to users. One developer found out that Apple is preparing a new audio codec in this firmware to improve calling on premium headsets.

This beta firmware has reason to expect that Apple may be preparing support for lossless audio for the AirPods Pro 2, since Bluetooth 5.3 is currently not capable of lossless audio.

In addition, references to support for LC3 codec and LE audio have appeared in Apple’s iOS 16 code, and it is expected to bring LE audio support in the future. It is worth mentioning that a senior engineer at Apple can also confirm that they are actively participating in this new standard.

With LC3 support, Apple will be able to get rid of the desynchronization of the AirPods when they are on the user’s ear, and improve battery life with low-energy standards, while focusing on efficiency and stability.

Of course, it’s unclear when Apple will actually implement this feature. For example, although the new Apple TV 4K can support 120Hz refresh rate, Apple has not implemented this feature, which is the same reason.

IT House learned that to install AirPods firmware updates, you can connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth and check your AirPods firmware version:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone

  • Navigate to the “Bluetooth” menu

  • Find your AirPods in the device list

  • Click the “i” next to them

  • View the “Firmware Version” number

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