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AirBuddy 2 changelog

In this page, you can find the changelog for every update of AirBuddy 2, in reverse chronological order.

Instructions on how to update your installation of AirBuddy can be found here.

AirBuddy 2.5 (January 20, 2022)

Major update with lots of new features and improvements, especially for macOS Monterey. View the full list of release notes for AirBuddy 2.5.

AirBuddy 2.4.5 (Build 344) (October 25, 2021)

  • Adds initial support for the new AirPods 3rd Generation

AirBuddy 2.4.5 (October 25, 2021)

  • Addresses an issue that prevented the status window from showing up automatically for some AirPods users on macOS Monterey

AirBuddy 2.4.4 - macOS Monterey compatibility (October 13, 2021)

This build includes important fixes for compatibility with macOS Monterey:

  • Addresses an issue that prevented AirBuddy from detecting nearby headsets
  • Viewing and changing the listening modes of headsets now works as expected
  • Beats Studio Buds are now correctly identified on macOS Monterey
  • Addresses an issue that caused the Magic Mouse 2 to not be detected on macOS Monterey
  • Addresses a layout issue in the Magic Handoff picker user interface
  • Changing settings for headsets from AirBuddy's preferences is now available on macOS Monterey when the device is connected to the Mac, just right click a headset in the Devices tab and pick "Configure", or click the three dots button next to a device

AirBuddy 2.5 will be out soon with lots of enhancements and new features designed specifically for this new version of macOS.

AirBuddy 2.4.3 (August 18, 2021)

  • Potential fix for an AirBuddyHelper crash on macOS 11.5 and later

AirBuddy 2.4.2 (July 27, 2021)

  • This build improves support for the Beats Studio Buds. Beats Studio Buds don't have the W1 or H1 chip, therefore their behavior differs from other AirPods and Beats headsets, and some functionality may not be available. This support document has additional information.

AirBuddy 2.4.1 (June 28, 2021)

  • Addresses an issue that caused the circular battery alert halo to linger on screen after being shown
  • Addresses an issue that caused AirBuddy to incorrectly prioritize AirPods Max in the Smart Case when attempting to disconnect a headset and switch microphone input
  • Addresses an issue where sometimes an accessory that's charging wouldn't have its battery information updated
  • Addresses a bug that caused a dialog about battery alerts not being supported to be presented multiple times in some circumstances (80118125)

AirBuddy 2.4 (June 21, 2021)

  • You can now configure low battery and charged notifications for your devices by right clicking the device on the list and picking "Create Battery Alert"
  • There's a new setting that allows you to quickly connect to your favorite device by clicking the AirBuddy icon in the Menu Bar
  • Adds basic support for Beats Studio Buds
  • Adds support for the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
  • The list of devices in the menu bar will now grow to show all devices when there's enough space available on screen
  • Some device icons have been refined
  • AirBuddy will now use simplified monochrome glyphs for Macs just like it does for other device types
  • When using the "connect to favorite device" and "disconnect" shortcuts, AirBuddy will now attempt to connect/disconnect directly, even when the given device can't be immediately seen nearby
  • In Device settings, AirBuddy will now dim devices that have not been seen recently and suggest that you remove them (this will apply after a device hasn't been seen by AirBuddy in two weeks)
  • The "connect to nearest headset" shortcut and the shortcut to manually show the status window are now better at picking the expected device when multiple devices are present
  • AirBuddy now uses the new Big Sur icon style regardless of which version of macOS it's running on
  • Improved reliability when connecting to a headset with auto-switching enabled
  • Addresses an issue that caused the microphone on/off shortcut to not work when a Mac doesn't have a built-in input
  • The right-click menu for devices on the menu bar list is now accessible to VoiceOver
  • Addresses an issue where the big "Enable AirBuddy" switch would be read by VoiceOver as disabled even though it's enabled
  • Addresses an issue that caused the status window to be shown even when "Don't show when Do Not Disturb enabled" was set in preferences
  • Addresses an issue where the status window would show up repeatedly when one of the buds of an AirPods pair was poorly engaged with the charging case
  • Addresses an issue where a renamed device wouldn't have its name immediately updated in the app
  • The contextual menu on the list of devices will now correctly and immediately reflect the current listening mode as expected
  • Addresses an issue that caused the listening mode to not change or change to the incorrect listening mode when connecting a headset to the Mac
  • Addresses a rare crash that could occur during setup

AirBuddy 2.3.2 (April 7, 2021)

  • Minor bug fixes

AirBuddy 2.3.1 (March 29, 2021)

  • Improved compatibility with AirPods auto-switching in macOS Big Sur
  • AirBuddy can now notify you about new firmware updates for headsets such as AirPods and AirPods Pro; this behavior can be configured in Settings > Devices.
  • VoiceOver will now correctly speak the messages that show up when changing listening modes and other settings using keyboard shortcuts
  • Potential fix for an issue that could cause excessive CPU usage in rare circumstances
  • Improved the reliability of the "connect to nearest headset" shortcut

AirBuddy 2.3 (February 27, 2021)

  • AirBuddy can now show feedback when changing the volume on AirPods Max using the Digital Crown, this behavior can be configured in the app's preferences under "Audio"
  • Initial support for AppleScript, with support for the "connect to favorite headset", "connect to nearest headset" and "disconnect headset" commands; if you have any interesting use case or feature idea for AppleScript in AirBuddy, send feedback from the app's "Help" menu
  • When running on macOS Big Sur, there's a new user interface for Magic Handoff when invoked using the keyboard shortcut defined in the app's settings under "Advanced" that lets you pick multiple peripherals to send/receive at the same time
  • AirBuddy will now apply your custom connection mode (if any) when a headset is connected through means other than AirBuddy itself
  • AirBuddy now speaks Brazilian Portuguese (se você usa o Mac em Português, envie feedback sobre traduções faltando ou incorretas)
  • Pressing the Escape key will now close the status bar menu
  • The notifications that show up when connecting to a device, changing listening modes and performing other actions will now show up even when the AirBuddy icon is not present in the status bar
  • The icon for AirPods Max on the list of devices and Notification Center widget will now show the Smart Case when they're stowed
  • The status window will now show up / close automatically when the AirPods Max are removed from or inserted into the Smart Case
  • Changing listening modes through the trackpad gestures when the headset is already connected to the Mac is now faster
  • Improved the look of AirPods Max in the status window
  • The preference that configures the status window to show up automatically has been unified into a single setting for both Apple and Beats devices, regardless of charging case
  • The app is now much faster at detecting when a given headset has been connected to the Mac and reflecting that in the UI and when invoking keyboard shortcuts
  • AirBuddy will no longer check for updates in the background and send a notification when "Automatically Check for Updates" is disabled
  • There's a new setting under "Proximity" > "Advanced" called "Preserve Power" which makes it so AirBuddy uses less resources when scanning for nearby devices
  • Addressed an issue where battery information for the AirPods Pro would not show up in the status window in macOS Mojave
  • Addressed an issue that could cause the information in the status window to flicker when removing a single bud from the charging case while leaving the other one inside with the lid opened
  • Fixed a rare crash in one of AirBuddy's helper processes
  • Addressed an issue that could cause the status window to reopen immediately after being dismissed in some cases
  • Addressed an issue that could cause the status window to be shown repeatedly when using only one side of the AirPods while the other one is in the charging case (20283484, 11959522)
  • Addresses an issue that could cause AirBuddy to try to connect to the wrong headset when invoking the "connect to nearest headset" shortcut
  • Addresses an issue that could cause devices which have no battery to show up in the Batteries widget on macOS Big Sur
  • The widget on macOS Big Sur will now correctly hide "This Mac" when it's deselected in the widget's configuration
  • The widget on macOS Big Sur will now correctly hide devices that have been deselected in the widgets's configuration when using the large style
  • Addresses an issue that caused the feedback form text view to be invisible depending on the the current system appearance
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the "Automatically Check for Updates" setting to be reset without user intent
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the small notifications that appear when changing listening modes and performing other actions to be clipped when using an app in full screen mode

AirBuddy 2.2.1 (December 19, 2020)

  • Addresses a crash that could occur when a headset was connected to the Mac.

AirBuddy 2.2 (December 15, 2020)

  • Added initial support for the new Apple AirPods Max
  • There's now an option when right-clicking a headset in the status bar menu to disconnect from that headset (when it is currently connected to the Mac)
  • Switching listening modes will now cycle between the modes configured for that device in the Bluetooth settings on macOS 10.15.1 or later (this can also be edited within AirBuddy's settings under "Devices" when the headset is connected to the Mac)
  • AirBuddy will now show feedback in the UI when connecting to a nearby headset using the "Connect to Favorite Device" or "Connect to Nearest Device" keyboard shortcuts
  • The status bar menu window will now appear instantly (with no animation) and more closely mimic the behavior of other menus like Control Center
  • Tweaked the design of the status bar menu window on macOS Big Sur to more closely match the system design
  • Several optimizations to reduce helper app CPU and memory usage
  • Improved the reliability when displaying the current listening mode for a headset and when switching listening modes
  • Addresses an issue which could cause excessive battery drain on paired nearby Apple Watches in some circumstances
  • Connecting to headsets is now more reliable
  • Transparency mode on AirPods Pro, Beats Solo Pro and AirPods Max will now work in macOS Mojave through AirBuddy
  • When connecting to a device through the menu bar list, the app will now display a loading indicator until the connection is established
  • Addresses an issue that could cause some Macs to not be able to see other Macs nearby for Magic Handoff
  • Additional reliability improvements for Magic Handoff
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the status bar menu window to get clipped depending on its position on screen
  • Addresses an issue that caused some Macs with no battery to not show up on the list

AirBuddy 2.1 (November 24, 2020)

Note: AirBuddy will not display an Apple Watch on the list when its battery information is not available anymore, which seems to be occurring more often than it was ever an issue during testing. I appreciate your patience while this issue is being worked on.

  • The app is now a Universal binary so it will run natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs
  • Right clicking a device within the app's settings now lets you remove it from the list, rename it, and more
  • There are new settings in Proximity > Advanced to prevent the status window from showing up when the computer is locked or sleeping and to automatically close the status window after a delay if it's not used
  • Opening up the Magic Handoff menu by right-clicking a peripheral on the list will now dynamically try to find other nearby Macs if none is available
  • Magic Handoff will now be more reliable when connecting a peripheral to the destination Mac
  • Significantly reduced Bluetooth LE bandwidth usage for Magic Handoff; to take advantage of this improvement, make sure all of your Macs are running version 2.1 or later
  • Addresses an issue where sometimes a peripheral would not show up on the list anymore after being transferred using Magic Handoff
  • Addresses an issue that could cause devices transferred over Magic Handoff to be disconnected shortly after the transfer
  • Addresses an issue that caused headset parts with disparate battery levels to be shown as a single item instead of separate parts
  • The status window will now correctly display the only bud that's available for AirPods and similar devices when that's the case
  • Headset parts for which the connected device is not available will now be grouped together in the menu bar window
  • Addresses several issues that could occur when the Mac was not logged in to iCloud, including not being able to see the status of other Macs running AirBuddy, Magic Handoff not working, and others
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the license key to appear to be truncated in the text field when registering the app
  • The app will now update its icon to a square version when running on macOS Big Sur
  • Addresses some reliability issues when displaying battery information for other Macs and their peripherals
  • Addresses an issue that could cause devices to appear duplicated with different names under the "Devices" tab
  • Peripherals will now show up under the "Devices" tab and have their name updates correctly reflected
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the app to use an excessive amount of CPU in some rare circumstances (27198250)
  • The setup flow is now more accessible for VoiceOver users
  • Addresses an issue which could prevent some checkboxes from working in the app's settings
  • Addresses an issue where the control used to set keyboard shortcuts would not be accessible by VoiceOver
  • The Escape key can now be used to close the status window and this information is read by VoiceOver
  • The status bar menu window now groups device rows as a single element for easier navigation, clicking a row for a connectable device will connect to that device. The list will not refresh while being navigated to prevent navigation from being interrupted

AirBuddy 2.0.1 (November 11, 2020)

  • Addresses an issue that could cause the activation pop up to show up on every launch for some users