During WWDC 2021, Apple revealed that it will update tvOS and M1 Macs later this year to allow AirPods Pro and Max owners at enjoy Spatial Audio, but did not provide many details on how he plans to implement the feature on these systems. Now we have more information.
Apple told Engadget that the feature will work with stereo, 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos content. Whether you’re using a pair of AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, the software that powers the feature will expand the soundstage so that it looks like the whole room you’re in is filled with sound. When you sit down to watch a movie or TV show, the included head tracking feature locks in after it detects that you’ve been looking in the same direction for some time. Once you get up for a walk, it wakes up. Connecting your AirPods to an Apple TV is also easy in this context. When you are near the device with your headphones on, it will show a pop-up window that will allow you to connect quickly, and you won’t need to dig into the settings menu.
Outside of tvOS, iOS 15 will include more robust spatial audio controls and share more detailed information via the volume slider. Some other new features coming to AirPods this fall will include a “Conversation Boost” tool for AirPods Pro that Apple says will help those with “mild” hearing problems, and an “Announcement Notification” that will read your priority notifications.
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