AirPods Pro’s Spatial Audio will give you surround sound-style audio on wireless airbuds


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WWDC 2020AirPods got some impressive-sounding (no pun intended) features announced at WWDC, including an upcoming “Spatial Audio” feature that will provide better 3D sound for its AirPods Pro wireless earpods.

The feature will use motion tracking to replicate a surround sound, movie theater-style listening experience, making it sound like the audio you’re listening to is coming from around the wearer. It will work by using the device’s in-built accelerometer to track the motion of users’ heads. It will then remap the sound field constantly as your head moves around.

AirPods Pro improvements beyond Spatial Audio

In addition, Apple announced automatic audio switching between devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This means that AirPods will connect automatically to the device being used at the time, rather than the user having to manually switch from, say, iPhone to iPad. This feature will be available for both regular AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Apple didn’t give an exact date for when these new features will make their debut.