Install iOS 14.4 If You Own AirPods
If you've already bought Apple's new AirPods Max headphones, or you're planning to buy a pair, and you missed iOS 14.3, you'll want to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 14.4.
iOS 14.3 brought support for the new over-ear headphones. They devices running iOS 14.3 or later, iPadOS 14.3 or later, macOS Big Sur 11.1 or later, watchOS 7.2 or later, or tvOS 14.3 or later.
For more on Apple's AirPods Max, check out its announcement. Shipping dates for the company's new headphones have been pushed into February.
If you skipped iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2.1, or iOS 14.2, and you own a pair of AirPods, you should download iOS 14.4. Here's why.
iOS 14.2 included optimized battery charging for AirPods to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your AirPods spends fully charged.
The update also brought headphone audio level notifications to alert you when audio level could impact your hearing.
If you're still running iOS 13, your upgrade includes spatial audio for AirPods Pro.
If you download the latest AirPods Pro firmware and iOS 14, dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro will put sound coming from your buds anywhere in space which creates a surround sound-like experience.
The update includes a feature called automatic device switching which allows you to seamlessly move between devices without manually switching your AirPods.
So for instance if you finish up a call on your iPhone and then pick up an iPad to watch a movie, your AirPods will automatically switch over.
iOS 14 also includes battery notifications that let you know if you need to charge your AirPods. The notification will popup at the top of your iPhone's display.
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