Older AirPods Pro will get the cool AirPods Pro 2 feature. How to get it right now

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One of the main AirPods Pro 2 chips, which were presented on September 7, became adaptive transparency. The essence of this function is that the user does not hear all the sounds that surround him – various sirens and construction work will be muffled. Thus, upon activation adaptive transparency the user will be able to use it more comfortably than before. For example, I turn on transparency in shops or kiosks and do not turn off the music. If the system will cut off various sharp and loud sounds from me, it will be great.

Everyone thought that this feature would be exclusive to new firmware. But it was not so. After updates on iOS 16.1 the original AirPods Pro and AirPods Max also received a new firmware version. And there appeared the same switch. Let’s figure it out how to update airpods to the desired software version, and test adaptive transparency on AirPods Pro first generation.

AirPods Pro Beta

When Apple held a presentation second generation AirPods Prothen focused on the possibilities Apple H2 processor. Many users then decided that all the improvements in sound quality, noise reduction and transparency are associated with it. But, apparently, this turned out not to be the case. AT beta firmware for AirPods Pro first generation and AirPods Max found an opportunity enable adaptive transparency.

To test this feature, you need to install iOS 16.1 beta for iPhone and add your AirPods Pro or Max to the beta testing program to install the beta firmware on them. But there are a few difficulties you may encounter. First, you need developer account. Nothing can be done without him. And secondly, you need a Mac with macOS Ventura operating systemas well as the most recent Xcode 14 beta.

However, that’s not all. If something goes wrong after installation, you will not be able to roll back the firmware. Plus, there is a chance that your device will be out of warranty. That’s why install beta firmware on your headphones, we categorically do not recommend. Moreover, we not only do not advise, but we say directly: do not do this! If I didn’t have to check the performance of a new function, then I definitely wouldn’t spend several hours of my own life on this. But an experiment is an experiment.

How to install iOS 16.1 beta

The first thing to be done is install on iPhone iOS 16.1. For this you need:

  • On your iPhone, go to Google Drive and download the beta profile.
  • Install it and restart your smartphone.
  • Open settings and go to “Software Update”.
  • Install iOS 16.1 as a regular update.

Once your iPhone is updated to iOS 16.1 beta, you need to install macOS Ventura beta to your Mac.

How to update AirPods Pro

We published a separate instruction on how to quickly and painlessly update a Mac. In a nutshell, let’s remember:

  • Go to the Beta Program website and log in with your Apple ID.
  • Select the macOS partition and under “Register a Mac Computer” click on “Download macOS Public Beta Access Utility”.
  • Install the downloaded file, restart your computer and update it to macOS Ventura.
  • Download the Xcode 14 beta from the developer site.

We have done the main preparatory work. Now you can go to the main one:

I spent about four hours on this whole procedure. To be honest, the amount of headache does not justify the result. So think a hundred times before doing this. You can now go to your AirPods Pro settings and activate the adaptive transparency toggle. For some reason that is not clear to me, the switch for this option has not been translated into Russian. Although other users wrote that they did not have such a problem. It is possible that this is a failure of the beta version, or maybe something else, but the fact remains.

One thing can be said about the function itself: there is a difference between normal transparency and adaptive transparency, but it is not fundamental. Yes, the headphones have become better at suppressing sharp and loud sounds, but not enough to carry out such experiments on their devices for the sake of it. Most likely, this function works best on AirPods Pro 2 with new processor. It is possible that in the main firmware, and not the beta, something will change for the better, but for now the function looks like this. According to MacRumors, adaptive transparency will no longer be available in the next beta of iOS 16.1, as Apple mistakenly added a toggle to older models. In fact, this is logical, because it is not in the spirit of Apple to give old devices the main features of new ones. Moreover, at the presentation of AirPods Pro 2, new chips were connected directly with the new processor.

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