There’s always a tension between wanting silent updates that you don’t have to think about and wanting control over when to install them. Joseph Curran has a lengthy post on Medium outlining the history of Apple’s silent firmware updates to the AirPods Pro, and it’s safe to say that he would come down on the side of wanting control. Apparently, many who purchased the AirPods Pro immediately noticed a significant weakening of the noise cancellation algorithm two weeks later, when Apple released the 2B588 firmware update. A month later, Apple released another update, 2C54, only to pull it a month after that. Frankly, it sounds as though the AirPods Pro firmware was caught up in the same release confusion as iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina. The noise cancellation still works well, although some early adopters would say that it’s not as good as it was initially. Apple has yet to comment on the situation.