Apple released the 4A400 firmware version for the second generation AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. The update via AirPods Pro enables the new conversation-boosting feature that the company demonstrated at WWDC earlier this year.
The company says the conversation enhancement program is designed to help people with mild hearing difficulties stay more connected in conversations.
The feature uses AirPods Pro’s beamforming microphones to isolate sounds above any background noise and other conversations and increase the volume of the person speaking in front of you, making it easier to listen to a face-to-face conversation, and there’s also an option to reduce ambient noise.
There’s also access to sliders to adjust the amplification, transparency, and pitch of the sound you hear.
In order for Conversational Boost to work, AirPods Pro must be updated to firmware version 4A400. AirPods Pro firmware updates are installed over the air. But there is no manual way to force the update.
Generally, AirPods Pro connected to an iPhone or iPad should automatically update to the latest firmware version after a relatively short period of time. Keeping AirPods Pro in its charging case and connected to a power source may help the update arrive.
Apple helps you hear conversations better
You can check the AirPods Pro firmware by connecting your AirPods Pro to an iOS device. Then open the Settings app, then General, and then tap About to access your AirPods
And once the AirPods Pro update. Conversation booster can be turned on by following these steps on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 15 or iPadOS 15:
- Open the Settings app and tap on Accessibility.
- Click on Audio/Visual under the Hearing section.
- Switch the headphone fittings to on.
- Tap on Transparency mode and turn it on.
- Scroll down to Conversation Boost and turn it on.
Support for the new feature was included as part of the same update that made it easier to find AirPods Pro and AirPods Max using the Find My app. The new firmware adds Find My network integration with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
Moreover, the chat boost feature is the latest accessibility feature that the company has added to its devices in the last year. Earlier in May, the company revealed a slew of new updates. Including Apple Watch’s ability to accept muscle movements as an input method and support for third-party eye-tracking devices via the iPad.
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