Apple WWDC is underway and already the trillion-dollar Cupertino tech company has begun announcing new audio features in the upcoming iOS 15.
Though there’s no new AirPods hardware yet announced, Dolby Atmos is available now on Apple Music.
A new feature called Conversation Boost gives people with some hearing loss the ability to turn up the voice of the person in front of you, and turn down the background noise. If you’ve been to too many gigs, this could be a very welcome addition.
Considering how impressive Spatial Audio is with movies, another welcome upcoming feature is head-tracking Spatial Audio in tvOS, and M1-powered Macs.
FaceTime audio features
Spatial Audio – the much-talked-about feature on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max – gets deeper integration with FaceTime. When you’re in a group FaceTime, Spatial Audio will automatically pan participants in a virtual space to help you keep track of the conversation.
iOS 15 also gains voice isolation which uses machine learning to clean up your sound, removing background noises. The demo of this, where someone enters a call with a leafblower, seemed to be realistic. We’re intrigued to see how effective this is.
The most intriguing feature for musicians, however, is the Wide Spectrum mode, which supposedly captures “an entire symphony’s worth of sound.”
SharePlay in FaceTime lets you sync and share Apple TV and Apple Music to your friends within a call. You can also share your screen within FaceTime.
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