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How to Use All the New AirPods Pro Features in iOS 17

by Kyle Meranda

iOS 17 is finally here, and with it comes a whole host of new features for second-generation AirPods Pro. One of the most impressive additions is Adaptive Audio, which takes the already impressive Adaptive Transparency feature to the next level. This feature dynamically blends the Transparency and Active Noise Cancellation modes to deliver the best audio experience in any environment.

With Adaptive Audio, you can move between different environments and interactions and have the noise control automatically adjust. This means that loud or distracting noises, such as a leaf blower, will be reduced, while other important sounds, like a car horn, will still be audible. To enable or disable Adaptive Audio, simply connect your AirPods Pro to your iPhone and follow the steps outlined below.

Another great addition to the second-generation AirPods Pro is the ability to mute/unmute yourself during phone calls. This is a feature that has been long-awaited by many AirPods Pro users. Now, with a simple press of the stem on your AirPods Pro, you can mute and unmute yourself while on a call. To set this up, connect your AirPods Pro to your iPhone and follow the steps provided.

In addition to Adaptive Audio and mute controls, iOS 17 also brings other new features to the AirPods Pro. Conversation Awareness is a feature that detects when someone starts talking to you and automatically lowers the volume of the audio you’re listening to. This is especially useful during phone calls, as it reduces background noise while you speak and enhances the voices in front of you.

Personalized Volume is another new feature that uses machine learning to fine-tune your listening experience. It learns your preferred volume over time and adjusts it as necessary to match your desired sound level. This ensures that you always have the perfect volume for your environment and listening preferences.

Aside from these new features, iOS 17 also brings improvements to the overall performance of the AirPods Pro. They now switch between Apple devices much quicker, addressing a common complaint from users. Additionally, Apple has simplified the voice command to invoke Siri when wearing your AirPods. Instead of saying “Hey Siri,” you can simply say “Siri” to activate the voice assistant. You can also issue multiple queries and commands in succession without having to repeat the activation phrase.

To enjoy these new features, make sure that your AirPods Pro are updated with the latest firmware. Apple does not provide specific instructions for updating AirPods software, but firmware updates are generally installed over-the-air when the AirPods are connected to an iOS device. Simply put your AirPods Pro in their case, connect them to a power source, and then pair them with your iPhone or Mac to force the update.

To check your AirPods Pro firmware, follow these steps:
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Tap on your name, and then tap on “AirPods Pro”.
3. Scroll down to the “About” section.
4. Look for the Version number, which should be 6A301 (as of September 2023).

If your AirPods Pro are updated with the correct firmware version, you’re ready to enjoy the new features in iOS 17. So go ahead and explore the Adaptive Audio, mute controls, and other exciting additions that enhance your AirPods Pro experience.

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