Apple has released new beta software for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods Max. It has a version number of 5B5040c, but it’s not clear what’s new with this update as Apple hasn’t given any details about it.
You can download the new beta firmware from the Apple Developer Center and install it on your AirPods by pairing them with an iPhone and connecting them to a Mac with a Lightning cable. Then launch Xcode 14 beta on Mac, go to settings > Builder menu and under the AirPods testing section, select the “Pre-release beta firmware” toggle.
AirPods Pro 2
The OTA will arrive within 24 hours after the pre-release testing option is enabled, but keep in mind that your iPhone must be running the latest iOS 16 beta and your Mac must have the latest macOS Ventura beta. It is also worth mentioning that this update is intended for developers and may contain bugs that may hamper the user experience.
That said, Apple recently released the first firmware update for the AirPods Pro 2 for those not enrolled in the beta program. It has the version number 5A377 and comes with bug fixes and “other improvements”.