Apple has begun updating the firmware for AirPods (second generation), AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and three Beats models: Solo Pro, Powerbeats 4, and Powerbeats Pro. While detailed specification updates have traditionally not been released, it is already known that they will accurately locate the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max models on the Find My network.
Compatible versions of AirPods will be able to search using the Nearby Finding UI, and they will also be able to activate Lost Mode and receive notifications when headphones are accidentally forgotten in one place or another. Like other devices on the Locator network, Apple headphones will now be able to broadcast their location information when they are within Bluetooth range of any Apple devices. Thus, the information about the coordinates will appear on the owner’s card.
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At close range, AirPods users will be able to see a visual “indicator” – unlike AirTags, there will be no direction arrows since the headphones lack the U1 chip, but the Nearby Finding interface will show an increase in signal strength as they get closer to the device. In this case, AirTags are marked in green, and AirPods – in blue.
In loss mode, users will be able to leave a message and contact number. When another user finds the headphones and connects them to a smartphone, he will be shown a message with contacts, allowing him to return the electronics to their owner.
In order to take advantage of the new features, the firmware must be updated — most AirPods owners receive it in a “passive” background without the need for additional steps. The company has also updated the Locator support page, adding information about new features there.
Standard AirPods do not support the function. It is also very likely that the ability to search in “Locator” will be initially built into the third-generation Apple AirPods that have not yet been released.