The brand new replace to the Discover My app, and to the headphones by way of a firmware replace, will enable the gadgets to ship out a steady Bluetooth beacon. Different Apple gadgets across the headphones will have the ability to detect this sign and report it to the Discover My community – in the identical means that Apple’s AirTags can.
When the person is in shut vary, customers will get a visible indicator on their iPhone or iPad telling them if they’re “far” or “close to”.
Sadly, they won’t function the directional arrows which might be present in AirTags because the headphones lack a U1 chip, however Apple will routinely ship a notification if to customers that unintentionally depart their AirPods behind.
Updating the AirPods Max and Professional to the brand new firmware is a troublesome process as a result of Apple has no means of pushing that course of. Customers must place their charged AirPods within the case subsequent to the linked cellphone and, sooner or later, the replace will occur.
To examine whether or not they’re on the most recent replace, customers can go into the Settings menu of their iPhone or iPad, then Normal, then About, and at last hitting the AirPods button and seeing the “firmware model”. The most recent software program challenge is “4A400”.
If their AirPods are picked up by another person, customers can depart a message and a contact quantity that can present up when they’re paired with a brand new gadget.
Whereas the unique AirPods don’t assist these options, the long-awaited third-generation of the AirPods Professional are anticipated to assist them too. The headphones had been absent on the firm’s current iPhone occasion the place it launched the iPhone 13 and 13 Professional, however are rumoured to come back earlier than the top of the yr.