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Apple AirPods Pro, AirPods Max get the new Find My feature

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Highlights:

  • Apple AirPods Pro and AirPods Max Firmware adds Updated Find My Integration.
  • In order to take advantage of these new features, you’ll first need to update your AirPods to the just-released firmware.
  • Users are now able to get a visual indicator of their proximate location.

AirPods Pro and AirPods Max users will soon be able to locate their earbuds or headphones more accurately using the Find My network, just like locating objects with the recently announced AirTags. The AirPods will now leverage Apple’s Find My network for tracking AirTags. This means if you were to leave your AirPods at a coffee shop, you’ll be able to see a map of where they were left within the Find My app.

Apple AirPods Lost mode

AirPods owners can use the Find My app to put AirPods Pro or AirPods Max into Lost mode, and leave a message and contact phone number in the event they are found by another iPhone user. In order to take advantage of these new features, you’ll first need to update your AirPods to the just-released firmware. Users are now able to get a visual indicator of their proximate location.

Unfortunately, Apple still doesn’t offer any straightforward way to update AirPods firmware. It just sort of happens randomly when they’re connected to your iPhone. But you can at least check what version you’ve got to see if you’ve got these latest features:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap General, then About
  • Choose AirPods, and in there, you should see a “firmware version” field.

Another new feature, called Announce Notifications, will let Apple’s Siri voice assistant read time-sensitive notifications over AirPods connected to Apple devices. Apple cited as examples notifying you of a dinner delivery or supplying a shopping list.

As noted by users on Twitter and other social media websites, the Find Nearby interface is largely similar to the layout applied to AirTag, with a large “target” dot that decreases in size when a user gets closer to AirPods. Instead of AirTag’s green dot, AirPods features a blue graphic and lacks a distance to target readout. Separation alerts are now available, meaning users can elect to receive a notification if they accidentally leave their AirPods behind.

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