AirPods Pro update brings spatial audio, quick switching features: report


AirPods Pro and second-generation AirPods are getting new firmware updates. The update enables new features such as quick switching and spatial audio for AirPods users. These features were introduced by Apple at WWDC, and now come with the latest updates. The firmware build number is 3A283 and is available for AirPods Pro and second-generation AirPods users to install. Previously released updates for second generation AirPods came with build number 2D15 and AirPods Pro had build number 2D27. Specifically, both features only work when you have iOS 14 beta and macOS Big Sur installed.

Apple was able to insider place Spatial audio settings within Airpods pro Bluetooth menu. The publication says that this is the fifth firmware update for AirPods Pro since launch. The 3A283 update, as noted, enables spatial audio and quick switching features.

The update should be installed on AirPods Pro and the second generation AirPods Automatically with no manual intervention required. Of course, the pre-requisite is that AirPods must be inside a charging case and connected to an iPhone. Users can also check for accessories updates Settings> General> About> Selecting AirPods Pro from the menu.

To elaborate, spatial audio provides a theater-like sound experience with 3D soundscape and flexible sound orientation based on head movement. Quick switching, as the name suggests, allows for AirPods Pro and second-gen AirPods to seamlessly transfer the connection between iPad to Mac to iPhone. This feature will allow users to switch to very easy listening to podcasts on their iPad and then watching movies on a Mac. It will reportedly work on the existing iCloud coupling feature of the H1 chip. It will also require iOS 14 and MacOS Big Sur, which means that beta devices may have a better time to experience these new features.

Apple announced both of these features during its Virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020 earlier this year. At the time, it was a work in progress, and now the firmware build has finally rolled out.


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