It looks like Netflix is finally launching Spatial Audio support for the iPhone and iPad on iOS 14. So, what is Spatial Audio? The feature essentially creates a more immersive audio experience through the use of directional audio filters. Spatial Audio is a technology introduced by Apple in June 2020, which uses the head tracking feature to mimic a theatre-like surround sound experience, making the audio sound like it’s coming from around a user with sound mapped to the device. As of right now, the feature is exclusive to the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
What is Netflix’s Spatial Audio feature?
In a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple stated that, “Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking brings the movie theatre experience right to your AirPods Pro. By applying directional audio filters and subtly adjusting the frequencies each ear receives, spatial audio can place sounds virtually anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience. Using the gyroscope and accelerometer in your AirPods Pro and your iPhone, spatial audio tracks the motion of your head as well as your device, compares the motion data, and then remaps the sound field so that it stays anchored to your device even as your head moves.”
The report also goes on to state that even if you move your head or the device, the audio will match the angle and deliver Spatial Audio in the right spot. Apple has stated that this will be a slower rollout so do keep checking the app to see if you’ve received it.
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