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What is Apple’s Spatial Audio and how it provides an immersive experience | Digital Trends Spanish

Change the rules of the game when it comes to surround sound. This is the goal of Apple and its Spatial Audio technology little by little begins to grow. With the confirmation of its availability for Apple Music, learn what Spatial Audio is and what it can do to give you an immersive experience.

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What is Apple Spatial Audio


Spatial Audio is Apple’s name for its 360-degree surround audio technology. Spatial audio takes 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos and applies directional filters, adjusting the frequencies that each ear receives, in order to recreate the audio experience of a cinema.

It is not the first technology of its kind. Dolby Atmos is available on headphones and Sony has its 360 Reality Audio format, which works for music and some PS4 and PS5 games.

However, what makes Spatial Audio unique is its ability to track the movement of your head with the built-in gyroscope and accelerometer on AirPods Pro and Airpods Max. In this way, it is able to know exactly the position of your ears. It can even track the location of the device you’re looking at so that the sound is positioned relative to the screen for a powerful immersive effect.

Since it works in 360 degrees, it also has a feeling of height, just like Dolby Atmos or DTS: X.

Compatible Devices

Spatial Audio is available from June 2021 on Apple Music.

Initially, the only devices with spatial audio were the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. However, Apple Music added support for all wearables equipped with a W1 or H1ella chip. Thus, as of June 2021, the devices that can make use of this technology are:

  • AirPods
  • AirPods Pro
  • AirPods Max
  • BeatsX
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless
  • Beats Studio3
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless
  • Beats Flex
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Beats Solo Pro

In addition, it is necessary to have an iPhone phone or an iPad tablet with iOS 14.3 or later, but that is also compatible with this technology. These are the devices capable of reproducing spatial audio:

  • iPhone 7 or later
  • iPad (6th generation) or later
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) or later
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (1st generation) or later

As we mentioned, media content must be available in 5.1, 7.1, or Dolby Atmos surround sound formats to work with spatial audio. Although only available for video content, Apple Music promised thousands of songs mastered by Atmos. However, since most H1 and W1-equipped headphones don’t have gyros or accelerometers for tracking your head, Apple Music’s implementation of spatial audio is likely to be a bit more basic.

How to enable or disable Spatial Audio

Spatial audio is available as a feature within the settings of your AirPods headphones. If you have iOS 14 and your headphones have the latest firmware, it will be activated by default. However, you can also control it in two ways:

  • Open the Control center, press and hold the volume and touch the Spatial Audio.
  • On Setting Access the Bluetooth menu. In the list of connected devices, check the “i” icon next to your AirPods and choose if you want to activate or deactivate it.

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