It just got much easier to find your lost AirPods Pro or AirPods Max

Apple has released a firmware update to its AirPods Pro, AirPods Max. This update introduces new options to locate expensive products if they are lost or stolen. These capabilities were originally promised for iOS 15, but they didn't make it to the launch. Thankfully, Apple didn't take too long to release them. Today's release was reported by MacRumors and 9to5Mac.
Apple's Find My app allows you to see the exact location of your AirPods and play a sound that makes it easier to remove them from the cushions. This new update significantly expands this functionality. You can now activate Lost Mode to have millions of iPhones, iPads and Macs assist in the search for your AirPods Pro and AirPods Max if they go missing. You will be notified if they are within Bluetooth range of an Apple device.

Apple also offers an AirTags-like Find Nearby interface to help you locate AirPods Pro and AirPods Max that are near you. Apple's headphones and earbuds don't have a U1 chip so it isn't as precise as an AirTag. However, the prompts on the screen will display statuses such as far, near or here when you are right next to them.

It's also super convenient to receive an email notification whenever your AirPods are left behind. The Find My Network support page for Apples explains how the different features work.

Apple doesn't provide an easy way to update AirPods firmware. It happens by accident when the AirPods are connected to your iPhone. You can check the version number to verify if you have these new features.

Go to Settings on your iPhone/iPad

Tap General, then About

Select AirPods and you will see the firmware version field.

Version 4A400 is the new update with improved Find My capabilities. Look out for it. The regular AirPods still have the same functionality as before, but they are limited in scope. However, the long-rumored third generation AirPods will hopefully offer more accurate location tracking when they make their debut.

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