Apple enables developers to test the new AirPods Pro firmware and try out new features such as ambient noise reduction or spatial audio for FaceTime.
Apple involves developers in the AirPods Pro firmware testing
Apple typically does not beta test hardware-related software. The changes to the AirPods Pro as part of iOS 15, iPAdOS 15 and macOS 12 seem to be so extensive and comprehensive that the company prefers to play it safe. That’s why Apple involves developers to test the new functions. Even though there is no official way how to force the new versions of the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max software. But this is not necessary for the beta testers either.
The beta version brings out some interesting features that can be tried out in conjunction with iOS 15 and macOS 12. For example, Spatial Audio in FaceTime, which, according to Apple, should lead to a chat with several people that each individual voice should sound as if it came from the direction in which the person is positioned on the screen. This should make the conversations seem more natural.
The new noise suppression function is also included. This should only block ambient noise but not the language. The innovations announced by Apple transparency mode and “Conversation Boost”(A mode with which users with a hearing impairment can hear sounds louder) are still missing.
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