AirPods Pro firmware updated with spatial audio. Also, auto device switching for most AirPods

John Voorhees, MacStories:

AirPods Pro firmware version 3A283 is currently rolling out to users with two new features: spatial audio and automatic device switching.


Check the firmware version of your AirPods by connecting them to an iPhone or iPad and going to the Bluetooth section of the Settings app. Tap on the blue info button next to the entry for your AirPods, and scroll down to the Version number near the bottom of the view.

Or dive deep into Settings > General > About > [your AirPods Pro name]

Apple’s description of spatial audio:

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking brings the movie theater experience right to your AirPods Pro.11 applying directional audio filters and subtly adjusting the frequencies each ear receives, spatial audio can place sounds virtually anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience. Using the gyroscope and accelerometer in your AirPods Pro and your iPhone, spatial audio tracks the motion of your head as well as your device, compares the motion data, and then remaps the sound field so that it stays anchored to your device even as your head moves.

Follow the headline post for John’s description of the spatial audio experience.

Also part of the update, for both 2nd gen AirPods and AirPods Pro is automatic device switching.

From Apple:

AirPods automatically switch between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple Watch paired to the same iCloud account, making it even easier to use your AirPods with your Apple devices.

This is the magic part for me. I’ve not tested this yet, but I’m hoping this applies to the Apple TV as well.

I often have my AirPods Pro connected to my iPhone, then turn on my Apple TV. I’d love if my AirPods switched over to the Apple TV without my having to do the long-press on the play button dance to connect them. I’d also love it if, when I shut my Apple TV, the connection returned to my iPhone.