With the wave of announcements that came our way from this year’s WWDC, Apple unveiled new features and updates for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Macbook and AirPods. Highlighting the new updates for AirPods, both AirPods Pro and AirPods (2nd Gen) will get the automatic-switching feature, while only AirPods Pro is getting spatial audio feature.
The auto-switching feature allows the users to switch their AirPods between Apple devices without the need to reconnect. This is done by linking the AirPods with the user’s icloud account. Say, you are watching a movie on your MacBook and you get a call, once you take the call, the AirPod will automatically switch to your iPhone without any hassle and then automatically switch back to your movie on MacBook after the call ends. Similarly, the user can switch between any Apple device without actually changing any of the bluetooth settings. The automatic switching works by detecting what the user is using the iCloud linked devices for and decides whether they will need the AirPods for performing the task. How convenient is that? The update will also come to Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro and Beats Solo Pro.
The spatial audio feature is exclusively coming to the AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro already supports noise cancellation for an immersive sound, but a 3D spatial audio is totally a level up. The stereo will now be spaced out all around you, instead of only on the left and right sides. Apple says it developed custom algorithms to support this feature, which will give the user 3D, surround-style audio, an experience similar to a theatre. This will be made possible with the help of a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope capable of tracking the motion of the user’s head, and identifying the sounds in space as the head moves. This technology supports Dolby Atmos 5.1 or 7.1 sound form.
Apple also announced AirPods’ audio sharing feature for Apple TV which will allow two users to watch movies together. Just when we think there couldn’t be more updates, AirPods will also get more detailed battery notifications with the iOS 14 update, this will let the user know in advance, when it is time to charge up.
The exact date of the new update rollout isn’t revealed yet, but at least we know it’s official.