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Apple AirPods Pro now boast Dolby Atmos surround sound – here’s how you can get it – TechRadar

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The Apple AirPods Pro now come with a new Spatial Audio feature thanks to a firmware update, bringing Dolby Atmos immersive audio to the true wireless earbuds.

First announced at the company’s WWDC 2020 keynote in June, the Spatial Audio feature works in 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos, which positions sound all around you within a virtual sphere – that means that if you’re watching a Dolby Atmos film that shows a plane flying overheard, it will sound as though the plane is really passing above you. 

Right now, it seems the feature only works with Apple TV Plus titles, and you’ll need the iOS 14 beta to try it – we’re hoping that it will be supported by more platforms as time goes on (the new feature could even pave the way for Dolby Atmos Music support on Apple Music). The final version of iOS 14 is expected to be released this month – perhaps even today (Tuesday, September 15), as part of Apple’s 2020 event.

The launch event will be live streamed, and it’s kicking off at 10am PT / 1pm EST / 6pm BST (3am AEST on September 16 in Australia) – be sure to follow our Apple event live blog for all the latest news from the tech giant today.

As confirmed by Apple Insider, the company released the latest 3A283 firmware on Monday, September 14, and users are already taking to Twitter to describe the experience of hearing 3D sound from their AirPods Pro earbuds.

.Morning all. I woke up to my AirPods Pro updated for #SpatialAudio and wow, it’s magical! Works with all TV app @Dolby Atmos content (I’ve tested) without spending thousands. Interested to see how Apple implement this with future Apple TV hardware. It’s incredible on iOS! 15, 2020

Spatial Audio: like having a mini theater right in your ears. Absolutely stunning audio experience.September 15, 2020

OMG the new spatial audio feature for AirPods Pro is magic! ??? 15, 2020

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As well as allowing for clever virtual Dolby Atmos, the AirPods Pro can now also track the motion of your head and your device, to ensure that the audio always appear to originate from the correct position.

Regular AirPods users won’t get Spatial Audio, but the update has brought a new auto-switching feature means that means the both the AirPods and the AirPods Pro can now “magically switch over between devices”, detecting automatically which device you are using.

For example, if you’ve just finished listening to a podcast on your phone, you can pick up your iPad to watch a TV shows and the AirPods will connect to the tablet automatically.

The new firmware update will be rolled out to users automatically and should be installed on your AirPods as long as they’re in their charging case and connected to an iOS device. 

Not sure whether your buds have been updated? You can check whether you have the latest update yourself, by heading to the Settings app on your device. From there, select General > About, and then select your AirPods from the menu and look for version 3A283.

We’re expecting to hear confirmation from Apple about the update later today as part of their September event. It’s also possible that we’ll hear more about new rumored AirPods models, including the over-ear AirPods Studio, the AirPods 3, and the AirPods Pro Lite, so it’s well worth tuning into the livestream in case the tech giant takes us by surprise with an unexpected announcement. 

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Exclusive: AirPods Studio to feature head and neck detection, custom equalizer settings, more – 9to5Mac

We’ve been hearing about Apple’s upcoming over-ear headphones for some time, with evidence from multiple sources pointing to the official launch later this year. And now 9to5Mac has learned more exclusive details about the “AirPods Studio”, including specifications and settings, according to people familiar with the matter.

One of the key features of regular AirPods is ear detection, which automatically pauses the song when you take the earphones off. We’ve learned that AirPods Studio will have a similar feature, but it will work in a different way. Instead of ear detection, Apple is working to include sensors that can detect whether the headphones are on your head or neck.

Based on this, we assume that AirPods Studio will play or pause content when they detect being placed on your head. Neck detection can be used to keep the headset turned on while the music is paused, just like when you take just one of the AirPods out of the ear.

Another new sensor will be able to detect left and right ears to automatically route the audio channels. That means there’s likely no right or wrong side to use AirPods Studio, whereas current headphones have fixed left and right channels.

Just like the AirPods Pro, Apple’s new headphones will have Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode. Users will be able to easily switch between the two modes to reduce external noise or to hear the ambient sound.

As AirPods Studio are expected to be mainly focused on professional users, pairing the earphones with a Mac or iOS device will unlock custom equalizer settings, with low, medium, and high frequency adjustments available, sources told us.

According to a Bloomberg recent report, Apple’s own-brand over-ear headphones will be available in at least two variations of the headphones — one using leather fabrics and another with lighter materials to fitness use cases. Bloomberg also said Apple is testing a new modular design with exchangeable magnetic ear pads.

9to5Mac has also found evidence of so-called AirPods Studio in the leaked iOS 14 beta code, including assets showing at least two color options for the new accessory. As for the price, rumors suggest that it will cost $349.

Are you considering buying the AirPods Studio? What features do you expect from Apple’s new headphones? Let us know in the comments section below.

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