iOS 15 and macOS Monterey will simulate Spatial Audio for non-Dolby content thanks to a new option called Spatialize Stereo. The option will detect head movement with AirPods to change the direction of the sound.
Apple announced iOS 15 at WWDC 2021 with a number of major new features for FaceTime, Messages, Maps, Notifications, Weather, Wallet, Safari, Health, and more. A new feature called Focus is also part of this release which aims to make the smartphone user experience more intuitive. Apple has also introduced new improvements such as on-device intelligence, advanced Spotlight search, and improvements to Siri in this update.
Spatial Audio will work for non-Dolby content with a new option, ‘Spatialize Stereo, on iOS 15 and macOS Monterey
Spatial Audio was announced last year with the introduction of iOS 14 to bring more immersive sound to AirPods Pro, and now to AirPods Max as well. The feature uses sound recorded with Dolby technology to simulate 360-degree audio with a surround experience, giving you a theater-like sound and feel. The sound adjusts as you move your head or the device on which you are watching or listening.
To enable Spatial Audio in iOS 15, just connect your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max to your Apple device and start playing supported content. Then go to the Control Center, press and hold the volume slider, the option will be present there. The feature also works well in macOS Monterey. While a song is playing on Apple Music, it will specify whether it is Dolby-supported or not.
iOS 15 and macOS Monterey’s beta 1 are available for developers to test out. A public beta will be made available sometime in July, while the official release will be rolling out this fall.
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