During WWDC, surprising news was announced about the AirPods Pro. The earbuds will soon support ‘Spatial Audio’. But how exactly does this feature work?
Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro become even smarter with the new function. Spatial Audio actually means that the AirPods Pro will soon support surround sound. This includes support for 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos sound.
This means that it becomes possible to watch movies with surround sound so that the sound seems to move around you. The sound than seems to come from the front, behind, and even from above. For example, if a shot is heard from the left side of the screen in a movie scene, you will also hear the sound passing through your left ear. That way it looks like you’re there. This is also called 3D audio and we know it from cinemas.
The ‘Spatial Audio’ function also takes into account that you move your head so that the sound is automatically adjusted. The AirPods use the built-in gyroscope and accelerometer for this. The gyroscope works a bit like a compass. He uses gravity to orient himself in space. An accelerometer measures movement by means of vibrations.
In this way, the earplugs constantly re-determine the position of your head. Because the sound is directly adjusted when you move, you always remain the center of the sound. This feature only comes to the AirPods Pro, and not the normal version of the earbuds.
May also in future devices
It may well be that Apple is preparing for the arrival of new products with this function. For example, the Apple Glass could also use this technique and it is also speculated that the AirPods Studio will take over this function.
Another new feature of the AirPods announced during WWDC is a smart pairing feature between different devices. For example, are your AirPods connected to your iPhone, but are you taking your MacBook with it? Then your AirPods Pro will automatically switch devices as soon as sound comes from your MacBook.
If you then receive a call on your iPhone, the earbuds automatically switch back. The pairing function and Spatial Audio are likely to become available simultaneously with iOS 14.
More about WWDC 2020
All kinds of new functions were announced during WWDC. The biggest announcement of the evening was iOS 14. Although the update focuses mainly on privacy, the home screen is also being treated.
For example, you have the option to set up widgets and there is an App Library. In our overview article, you can read all about the new features of iOS 14. Curious what else was announced during the developer event? Read our WWDC 2020 round-up for a short overview.