At WWDC 2021 Apple introduced a slew of options that can be hitting its vary of AirPod headphones this 12 months and we additionally the rollout of the beforehand introduced lossless audio and Spatial Audio streaming.
Whereas we wouldn’t describe the brand new updates as notably ground-breaking, they would seem to assist spherical out the feature-set and enhance the accessibility of AirPods headphones. However one announcement seems to be set to excite Apple Music subscribers greater than the others.
That date is June 7, 2021 – so by the point you learn this, spatial audio with Dolby Atmos ought to be obtainable, with albums from artists equivalent to Ariana Grande and Kacey Musgraves included within the format. Apple has additionally made a number of playlists highlighting the tech.
Find out how to get Spatial Audio working
So long as you’re on iOS 14.6, Spatial Audio by way of Dolby Atmos ought to seem within the music settings portion of the Settings app. If it doesn’t, a fast restart sorted it out for us.
To seek out out which songs help Dolby Atmos, head into Apple Music and search for the Dolby Atmos labels (pictured beneath).
In different information, Apple introduced extra options for its AirPods headphones, which already rank among the many best true wireless earbuds we’ve examined. First up was Dialog Increase. This characteristic is aimed toward these with gentle listening to challenges, and makes use of computational audio and beamforming microphones to focus the AirPods Pro on the individual speaking in entrance of you, making it simpler to listen to what’s being stated. You may even tweak the quantity of ambient noise the headphone filters in, to make conversations clearer.
One other characteristic highlighted was ‘Announce Notifications’. This comes into impact when you may’t discover (or just can’t be bothered to achieve) your iPhone. This iOS 15 characteristic offers Siri the flexibility to robotically return notifications to you, particularly time delicate notifications, equivalent to when your takeaway has been delivered.
Different examples talked about Siri studying out your procuring checklist or setting a reminder for a location. You may select which apps to allow it for, and there’s a Do Not Disturb characteristic when you don’t wish to be interrupted.
For the AirPods Pro and Max headphones, the ‘Discover My’ characteristic has been improved. When you can’t discover them, you should use the app to make the headphones ship out a safe Bluetooth beacon that’s relayed to the Apple community after which to the app to advertise its location. Or you may have the headphones play a sound, and ‘Proximity View’ lets you already know if you’re shut. You may as well set a separation alert to let you already know when you’ve left the headphones behind someplace.
One among our criticisms of Apple’s technique with their spatial audio characteristic was that it wasn’t supported by Apple TV 4K. It appeared a major product to help it, and lots of months after the characteristic arrived on AirPods headphones, Apple has introduced that spatial audio will come to tvOS later within the 12 months (in all probability round September). Spatial audio can also be resulting from arrive on Mac OS.