A new firmware update (version 10M359) for Beats Studio Buds brings several new features to the wireless earbuds, including near-instant pairing with Apple devices over iCloud.
The feature has long been available on AirPods and Beats audio products that include Apple’s chips, like the Beats Flex, for example.
This means that you no longer need to pair the Studio Buds with your Apple device manually and that just opening the case near your iPhone, iPad, or Mac should result in them instantly connecting. Once paired with one device, all iCloud-connected Apple products then recognize the earbuds.
Further, similar to how AirPods battery indicators work, opening your Beats Studio Buds case near your iPhone automatically shows you how much battery you have left in the case and buds.
The firmware update also brings the option to adjust volume via the ‘b’ button on the Studio Buds. This feature works across iOS, iPadOS, macOS and Android devices.
To trigger the update, make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS. Then, connect the Beats Studio Buds to your iPhone via Bluetooth and the update should start automatically. Android users would need to manually update with the Beats app available in the Play Store.
For more on the Beats Studio Buds, check out our review of the wireless earbuds.