Apple this week began updating the firmware for its second generation AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. In addition to being able to search for AirPods using the Find My app, the AirPods Pro will now have Conversation Boost, which amplifies the voice of the other person.
The company announced the development of the corresponding function at the WWDC 2021 conference. Initially, it was prepared for people with minor hearing impairments – it was expected that this would allow some AirPods models to actually be used as an analogue of a hearing aid.
Conversation Boost will help these people participate more actively in conversations without attracting too much attention using unusual specialized equipment. The use of microphones integrated into the headphones is provided, which will help to “catch” the speaker’s speech and further amplify it. In addition, the function helps to suppress ambient noise and can be useful to all people.
AirPods Pro firmware updates are installed automatically as they are released, so no user action is required. If an update is available, the model will be flashed when paired with an iPhone or iPad. To check if software version 4A400 is available, look at the AirPods properties in the iOS settings.
After the update, Conversation Boost can be activated using an iPhone or iPad with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 in the headphone settings. After selecting the “Transparency” section, you can enable the corresponding function.