While not as much attention as iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, tvOS 15 was announced at WWDC 2021 with new features for Apple TV users, including support for Spatial Audio with compatible AirPods for the first time. At first the details were unclear. But now the company has explained how this feature will work on tvOS 15.
Spatial Audio was first released last year with iOS 14 for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max users with this option enabled. The headphones detect the movement of the user’s head to deliver immersive 360-degree sound with Dolby technology.
At least in iOS Spatial Audio with head tracking uses special sensors to detect the location of the iPhone or iPad and AirPods to create the feeling that the sound is coming from the device. It was never used on a Mac or Apple TV due to the lack of that sensor. However, with tvOS 15 (and macOS Monterey), Apple has been working on new ways to enable this feature.
According to Apple EngadgetUsing the AirPods sensor, the system now analyzes the direction the user is looking when a video is started. The system will recalculate the position to enable Spatial Audio again.
When you sit down to watch a movie or TV show The included head tracking feature locks in after it detects that you’ve been looking in the same direction for a while. When you get up and walk around it will be enabled again.
tvOS 15 also makes it easier to connect AirPods to Apple TV, as it now recognizes nearby headphones and displays a pop-up asking if you want to pair them with the TV. There’s also a new toggle in tvOS 15’s Control Center to access settings for AirPods and other Bluetooth headsets. easily without opening the Settings app.
The update is now available for developers. And the public beta version will be available in July. The final tvOS 15 release is expected to arrive this fall.
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