In the past few hours, Apple has released a new firmware for AirPods and AirPods Pro that allows you to activate the new features integrated in iOS 14, the new "major release" which has now reached its eighth beta.
For both earphones the possibility of automatic switching from one device to another has been activated, depending on which one we are using, while on the AirPods Pro the Spatial Audio function has arrived. Both features were announced at WWDC's opening keynote last June.
The Spatial Audio function, as described by Apple,
"allows the dynamic detection of the position of the head and by applying directional filters and precisely adjusting the frequencies that reach each ear, it allows you to place sounds in any point of the space for an enveloping surround rendering. In addition, it exploits the gyroscope and the accelerometer in the AirPods Pro and the iPhone to follow the movement of the head and the device, then compare the two sets of data and remap the sound field so that it remains anchored to the device even while moving "
Once the firmware on the AirPods has been updated, a new dedicated button for activating the function will be shown in the iPhone or iPad audio adjustment menu. At the moment, Audio Spaziale is already active with iOS 14 beta playing the contents present on Apple TV +.
The other function activated by the new firmware allows automatic switching from one device to another. When the AirPods are paired with the same iCloud account, the earphones automatically recognize the device the user is using by quickly switching between them.
Both of these new features require iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, or macOS 11 Big Sur. The firmware update on the AirPods happens automatically. It is possible to check the version present by pairing them with an iPhone or iPad, and opening the relevant Bluetooth menu in the Settings. The new firmware version for both 2nd generation AirPods and AirPods Pro is 3A283.