tvOS and MacOS to get Spatial Audio support for AirPods Pro and Max

tvOS and MacOS to get Spatial Audio support for AirPods Pro and Max
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We've had not one, but two big Apple Spatial Audio announcements during today's 2021 WWDC keynote. The first is that Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio for Apple Music is rolling out now.

The second is that Apple is bringing spatial audio to tvOS and MacOS. This means you'll be able to use your AirPods Pro and AirPods Max wireless headphones to take advantage of surround sound and 3D audio from the new Apple TV 4K and any Macs equipped with Apple's high-tech M1 chip. You'll also be able to experience dynamic head tracking which means that the sound always stays relative to the screen, even when you move your head.

Apple said that Spatial Audio for tvOS and MacOS will arrive "this Fall", so we're assuming it will be September, around the same it's expected that Apple's new iOSv15 will roll out.


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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.