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7 ways iOS 14 makes AirPods & AirPods Pro even better

Second generation Apple AirPods 2019

With the iOS 14 update, Apple not only adds new features to the iPhone series, but also enhances AirPods by further enhancing them. Yes that is correct. When you release the iOS 1

4 update, AirPods get new features like spatial sound, sound sharing for Apple TV and more.

AirPods are known for their convenience, while AirPods Pro is known for its outstanding sound quality and ANC. After the iOS 14 update, the wireless earbuds will be even better and provide an even better experience. Below are all the new features and enhancements that come to AirPods and AirPods Pro with iOS 14.

The iPhone also gets many new features in iOS 14, including an updated home screen experience, App library and more.

Here’s a look at all the new iOS 14 features that will make AirPods and AirPods Pro better:

1. Spatial sound

Using what can only be described as pure technical skill and a bit of magic, Apple will bring Spatial Audio to AirPods Pro with the iOS 14 update. This is a big deal as Apple initially promises to deliver a cinema-like surround sound experience with the AirPods Pro, which is unheard of in the wireless earbud segment.

Apple uses gyroscopes and accelerometers in AirPods Pro for dynamic head tracking. Then this is combined with directional sound filters and small changes in frequency to recreate an immersive sound experience like the one you get in a theater. Since Apple uses dynamic head tracking, the surround sound channels are also adjusted as you move your head. This is something that has never been seen before in other headphones.

Spatial Audio only comes with AirPods Pro and not the regular AirPods.

AirPods spatial sound

2. Audio sharing for Apple TV

iPhones already had AirPods audio sharing feature, so you and your friend can listen to the same music from an iPhone. Now Apple is also bringing the same feature to Apple TV 4K. This means that you will be able to connect two sets of AirPods to the box at any one time.

3. Automatic switching between devices

After updating iPhone to iOS 14, Apple Watch to watchOS 7 and iPad to iPadOS 14, you will be able to switch seamlessly between them while using AirPods. For example, if you end a phone call on the iPhone and then pick up the iPad to watch a movie, AirPods will automatically switch to them as well.

At this time, AirPods or AirPods Pro will only sync with existing Apple devices using the same iCloud account. When you switch devices, you still need to change the audio output, for example from iPhone to Mac or vice versa.

4. Headphone accommodation

You will be able to adjust the audio output of the AirPods to take into account the hearing differences for each ear. This is an accessibility feature that is ideal for people with hearing problems. You can use this feature to amplify soft sounds, hear phone calls more clearly and more. There are options to set the audio output for the vocal range, give it a balanced tone or increase the high frequencies. As part of this process, users will have to go through an audio setup where their iPhone will play different music and tones to find out what works best for their ears.

AirPods Pro users will have an extra option to use the transparency mode headphone accommodation feature and adjust the amount of ambient noise that passes through. The Headphone Accommodation option can be found under Availability in the Settings app on iPhones running iOS 14.

AirPods headphone battery accommodation

5. Low battery alerts

Release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, your iPhone or iPad will happily notify you when AirPods or AirPods Pro have low battery and need charging.

6. Optimized charging for AirPods

Apple brings the optimized charging feature it uses on iPhones and Macs to extend battery life for AirPods with iOS 14. Like your iPhone, AirPods will also teach you usage and charging habits and then automatically wait to complete charging 80% to prevent the battery from aging quickly. This will help AirPods battery life last longer over the years. This feature is enabled by default, and you will automatically receive a notification on your iPhone about this.

7. Hearing control

Hearing Control is not really a new feature and has existed on iPhones and Apple Watch. In iOS 14 though, if you add the Hearing option to the Control Center and then use AirPods – or any other headphone for that matter, you’ll get a headphone decibel monitoring line to make sure you’re not listening to high volume music which can damage the ears. Be sure to add the headphone volume to the control center so you can use it.

There is another feature in iOS 14 called Reduce Loud Sound that monitors the volume level of what you are listening to and reduces production in real time. The feature is hidden under Sounds & Haptics in the Settings app, and it also works with AirPods, AirPods Pro and other headphones.

Note that some of these features are already part of iOS 14, while others will be rolled out to AirPods or AirPods Pro via a firmware update.

You can enjoy some of the new features mentioned above on AirPods right away by installing iOS 14 public beta on iPhone.

What improvements and changes are coming to AirPods or AirPods Pro as part of iOS 14 are you most excited about? Send a comment and let us know!

Learn how to use the cool new iOS 14 features with our step-by-step guide: