At Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference Apple announced Airpods Pro will get an exciting feature called Spatial audio.
Airpods Pro with firmware update bring about the cinema audio experience to users. That means users get 5.1 surround sound experience while watching movies on iPhone or iPad.
What’s Spatial Audio?
Apple spatial audio reproduces the sound by adjusting the frequencies from each earbuds, creating the virtual 3D soundstage so you hear the sound coming from every side (even above) rather than just from both ears.
This technology has been developed by Sony with 360 Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos for Headphones, but it is limited for either listening to music or playing games.
How Does Spatial Audio Work?
As we move our head while watching movies, the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope will track the motion of your head, and if iPad’s screen moves it also track that move.
Airpods Pro will constantly compare the motion data from your head and your screen to understand how they are moving in relation to each other. The surround sound will keep you in the middle of action like if you are watching a horror movie and a predator is stepping forward the protagonist you’ll hear the audio go from that direction and if you move your head the Spatial Audio will track and reposition the surround sound accordingly.
Apple Devices support Spatial Audio
Devicse supports iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 will support the Spatial Audio, which includes iPhone 6S onwards and all iPad.
Any apps supports 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos will work with Spatial Audio, because Spatial Audio takes 3-D signals and applies spatial audio processing.
AirPods Pro with 3A283 firmware update
Aside from your iPhone upgrade to iOS 14 (currently in Beta), your AirPods Pro’s firmware needs to update to the version 3A283, well you could do it manually. When Apple roll out the update, your phone will update the firmware for your AirPods Pro once they stay put.
To check your AirPods Pro’s firmware, go to the Settings > General > Software Update > About, you’ll see firmware version