Thanks to a firmware update, the Apple AirPods Pro now have a new spatial audio function that transmits Dolby Atmos immersive audio to the real wireless earbuds.
The Spatial Audio feature, first announced at the company’s WWDC 2020 keynote in June, works in 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos, which position the sound in a virtual sphere around you. This means that you are watching a Dolby Atmos movie that shows that when an airplane flies overheard, it sounds like the airplane is actually flying by overhead.
For now, the feature only seems to work with Apple TV Plus titles, and you’ll need the iOS 1
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As confirmed by Apple Insider, the company released the latest 3A283 firmware on Monday, September 14th. Users are already going to Twitter to describe the experience of listening to 3D sound from their AirPods Pro earbuds.
.Good morning everyone. I woke up with my AirPods Pro updated for #SpatialAudio and wow it’s magical! Works with any TV app @ Dolby Atmos content (which I have tested) without spending thousands. Interested to see how Apple implements this with future Apple TV hardware. It’s amazing on iOS! pic.twitter.com/n0Rbx2Xz3RS September 15, 2020
Spatial Audio: Like a mini-theater right in your ears. Absolutely breathtaking audio experience. September 15, 2020
OMG, the new spatial audio feature for AirPods Pro is magic! 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/hIUMfZTT8lSeptember 15, 2020
How do I update my AirPods?
In addition to enabling clever virtual Dolby Atmos, AirPods Pro can now track the movement of your head and device to make sure the audio is always coming from the right position.
Regular AirPods users will not get spatial audio. However, the update introduced a new function for automatic switching. This means that both the AirPods and AirPods Pro can now “magically switch between devices” and automatically detect which device you’re using.
For example, if you’ve just listened to a podcast on your phone, you can pick up your iPad to watch TV shows and the AirPods will automatically connect to the tablet.
The new firmware update will be made available to users automatically and should be installed on their AirPods while they are in their charging case and connected to an iOS device.
Not sure if your buds have been updated? You can check for yourself if you have the latest update by going to the Settings app on your device. From there, select General> About and then your AirPods from the menu and look for version 3A283.
We expect Apple to receive confirmation of the update as part of its September event today. It’s also possible that we could learn more about new rumors about AirPods models, including the over-ear AirPods Studio, AirPods 3, and AirPods Pro Lite. So it’s worth using the livestream in case the tech giant surprises us with an unexpected announcement.