Apple today released an update for AirPods and AirPods Pro, which introduced the new 3A283 firmware update, before the special event tomorrow (via MacRumors).
The 3A283 update adds the new Spatial Audio feature for AirPods Pro, along with automatic switching.
3D Spatial Audio provides a surround-style audio feature for the AirPods Pro, which simulates a cinema experience. Spatial Audio automatically recalibrates sound based on head position.
To update AirPods and AirPods Pro to the latest firmware, slide your headphones into the charging case and place them next to your test device running iOS 1
To check AirPods or AirPods Pro firmware, go to Settings> Bluetooth> AirPods Pro> tap the “i” icon> Version.
After updating AirPods Pro to this update, it’s pretty amazing to test out Spatial Audio, especially when watching Greyhound on Apple TV +. If you turn your head left and right, the sound will come from the ‘middle’ sound channel in front of you. It’s very strange and cool.
To try spatial sound on AirPods Pro:
– Make sure they have been updated to firmware 3A283 (leaving them untouched for several minutes usually does the trick)
– Put iPhone running iOS 14 on a table
– Play Greyhound on the Apple TV app
– Rotate the head left / right
– AirBuddy (@airbuddyapp) September 14, 2020
Apple explains the feature as “hearing immersive three-dimensional sound from supported videos that follow the movement of the iPhone.” The function works with either Noise Cancellation on or Transparency mode.
You can turn Spatial Audio on / off through the Control Center for AirPods Pro. This is a really cool feature that is worth buying AirPods Pro for.