22 June 2020
Apple at its WWDC 2020 event where the new versions of its operating systems were elaborated also talked about several other important aspects, including an update for the AirPods. Apple announced that the second-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Solo Pro will gain an interesting feature via a firmware update.
For all of its aforementioned wireless audio accessories, Apple is adding an automatic switching feature. As the name implies, AirPods will make switch audio inputs between Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. For instance, if you are listening to something on your iPhone and you starting watching a video on your iPad, AirPods will automatically switch over. It will switch further to you your Mac if you have started playing something on your Mac as well, and if a call arrives on your iPhone, AirPods will switch back to iPhone as well. This is the feature coming to all the earbuds and headphones mentioned above.
There is one more feature that Apple is bringing for its AirPods Pro, called the Spatial audio. The feature aims to bring surround sound system, where the sound not only comes from in front of you but also from the left, the right, behind, even above you, thus letting you enjoy a theatre-like experience with your AirPods Pro. Apple explains that its team created an advanced spatial audio algorithm for AirPods Pro that replicate the movie theatre experience. “By applying directional audio filters and subtly adjusting the frequencies each ear receives, we can place sounds virtually anywhere in space, thus, creating an immersive sound experience.”
The new feature constantly recalibrates based on the position of your head and the screen via which you’re listening to or watching something. Apple says the feature constantly compares the motion data from your head and your screen to understand how they are moving in relation to each other. This promises the 3D surround sound system no matter where you go.
Apple announced that the Spatial audio for AirPods Pro will work with content encoded in 5.1, 7.1, and even Dolby Atmos.