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Apple Firmware Update Nobbles AirPods Pro Noise-Cancelling

Apple has reportedly ruined the active-noise-cancelling (ANC) feature in their $399 AirPods Pro following a December firmware update.

Several customers reported a reduction in the amount of ambient noise is filtered out while using the AirPods Pro following the 2C54 firmware update.

According to an analysis by Rtings.com, following the update, the AirPods Pro ‘showed a fairly significant drop in isolation performance, primarily in the bass-range’.

‘These headphones won’t do nearly as good a job blocking out the low engine rumbles of planes or buses as they did before this update’.

Users are unable to opt-out of firmware updates since they take place over the air and in the background, meaning customers are not notified when an update is taking place.

Since the issue does not affect any physical hardware, a follow-up firmware update could return the earbuds to their original operating ability – or ruin things even more.

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