At WWDC 2021, Apple revealed that it will update tvOS and M1 Mac later this year to allow AirPods Pro and Max owners to take advantage of Spatial Audio, but did not provide much detail on how it plans to implement this feature in these systems. Now we have some more information.
Apple told Engadget that the feature will work with stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos content. Whether you’re using a pair of AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, the software that powers the feature will expand the sound scene, so it looks like the whole room you’re in is filled with sound. When you sit down to watch a movie or TV show, the included head tracking feature will lock after you find that you have been watching in the same direction for some time. Once you get up for a walk, it will reactivate. Connecting your AirPods to an Apple TV is also easy in this context. When you are close to the device with your headset, it will display a pop-up window that will allow you to connect quickly and you will not have to dig into the settings menu.
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