Apple AirPods Pro in a woman's ear

Apple has released a new firmware version of its AirPods Pro earbuds, and the company added some handy new features, including one that will boost the other person’s voice when you’re having a conversation.

AirPods Pro’s New Conversation Boost Feature

Apple first previewed the new conversation boost feature at WWDC, and now it’s actually available for AirPods Pro owners, as spotted by MacRumors.

While not quite a hearing aid, the feature is designed to help you hear people talking more clearly and louder. Instead of your earbuds blocking conversation with the outside world, AirPods Pro earbuds will help you hear better.

Obviously, the feature is designed to help people with minor hearing issues, and it won’t replace an actual hearing aid. However, if you sometimes find hearing conversations to be a little difficult, this feature could be a game-changer.

To use the new feature, first, you’ll need to make sure your AirPods Pro headphones are updated to firmware version 4A400. Once you’re updated, open the Settings app, tap “Accessibility,” then “Audio/Visual,” then “Headphone Accommodations,” tap “Transparency Mode,” and finally toggle on “Conversation Boost.”

Now With Conversation Boost

Apple AirPods Pro

Only the AirPods Pro include the Conversation Boost feature. If you have standard AirPods and want this feature, you'll need to upgrade.

Other New Features in Firmware 4A400

The AirPods Pro and AirPods Max also just gained the ability to take advantage of Apple’s ‌Find My‌ network. Now, in the unfortunate event that you misplace your headphones or earbuds, you’ll be able to use the same network as iPhones to find them.

RELATED: What Is Apple's Find My Network?

Before firmware 4A400, you could use the Find My app to track them if they were in Bluetooth range, but once outside, you wouldn’t be able to keep track of them anymore. Now, you’ll be able to use the power of other Apple devices to help you find your AirPods Pro and AirPods Max wherever they are.

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