While the AirPods Max are certainly unique in that they are the only high-end headphones that Apple offers, they are not without problems. Since the release, owners have suffered from battery drain issues, as well as other sound quality issues.
Much like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Apple regularly releases firmware and software updates to address these potential issues. The latter does not contain an official changelog, but it is assumed that it fixes the battery drain issues.
How to update AirPods Max
As is the case with standard AirPods and AirPods Pro, there is no “Update Software” button to force the update. Instead, you kind of have to play gymnastics to update the AirPods Max. Our friends at AirBuddy explained how they were able to update the AirPods Max correctly. Here are the steps:
- Connect your AirPods Max to your iPhone.
- Listen to some type of audio for at least 30 seconds.
- Pause audio playback.
- Put your AirPods Max in the smart case.
- Connect your AirPods Max to power.
- Leave the iPhone and AirPods Max nearby.
As a safety measure, we recommend that you wait a few minutes before removing the AirPods Max from the charger. You don’t want to worry about starting the firmware update, but accidentally interrupting it while the update is in progress. Patience is key, so you’ll want to stand firm to wait and see if the update has been applied.
How to check the AirPods Max software version
An easy way to determine if an update has been applied to AirPods Max is to check the version number. It’s not the model number or anything of your specific headphones, but the firmware version.
At launch, AirPods Max had a firmware version number of ‘3C16“. But the new deploying version updates this number to ‘3C39“. Here’s how you can check if your AirPods Max software has been updated.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- To select Bluetooth.
- Locate your AirPods Max in the list of devices.
- Press the “I”To the right of your AirPods Max in the list.
- The version will be listed under Version.
Have you bought the AirPods Max?
Luxury headphones aren’t for everyone, even when it comes to Apple and the easy integration between devices. These headphones are priced at $ 550, and you are barely able to purchase the replaceable headphones, but it will cost you even more.
It seems the general consensus is that the AirPods Max are nearly perfect except for those battery issues and a questionably designed Smart Case. But have you chosen a set for yourself? Or are you waiting for an updated version of the standard AirPods? Let us know in the comments below!
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the United States.
He’s written for a variety of sites over the years including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while working in the moonlight as a freelance writer at night.