Dynamic head tracking is coming to Apple Music Spatial Audio this fall

The Cupertino tech giant has recently confirmed that Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking is arriving on Apple Music this fall. The feature will work with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

During the WWDC 2021 keynote, Apple announced the launch of Apple Music Spatial Audio for all iOS users. Spatial Audio is designed to bring height and rear effects to video calls, music, and specially remixed music. It uses the headphones’ accelerometer for head tracking so onscreen audio stays in place when users move their heads.

iOS 15 Spatial Audio feature

Apple is bringing dynamic head tracking to Apple Music Spatial Audio this fall

Dynamic head tracking helps stimulate cinema-like audio when watching a movie, or a video, and changes based on your head movements and the position of your iPhone or iPad. In a support document, Apple answered says:

We are excited to announce that spatial audio with dynamic head tracking is coming to Apple Music in the fall. Dynamic head tracking creates an even more immersive experience for spatial audio. It brings music to life by delivering sound that dynamically adjusts as you turn your head. And you can experience spatial audio with dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max with a compatible iPhone or iPad.

AirPods dynamic head tracking Spatial Audio

It is still not clear how Apple’s implementation of this feature will work while listening to music. The way dynamic head tracking works, it adjusts the sound levels with your head and device’s movements, and video is the key element in this. Spatial Audio uses a gyroscope and accelerometer in the headphones and iOS device to track the motion of your head and your device’s position. By comparing motion data, it remaps the sound field so that it stays connected to your device.

Since there is no video while listening to music, Apple must have a well-thought implementation that will create more depth to the listening experience. Whatever it may be, Apple says that Apple Music subscribers will get to experience dynamic head tracking this fall, at the same time when iOS 15 will be released to the public.

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