One of the most interesting audio tricks that the AirPods Pro and the new AirPods Max headphones offer is Spatial Audio. It is based on head tracking to provide cinema-like surround sound audio output for an even more immersive experience. And soon, content on Netflix may have Spatial Audio while you watch your favorite series on the AirPods Pro or the luxurious $ 549 AirPods Max.
Spatial audio support for Netflix may be available in spring 2021
According to a report by French website iPhonesoft that quotes an insider on Netflix’s development team, the is The streaming giant has been working on adding Spatial Audio support since December last year. And when all things fit together, Netflix’s content library will enable Spatial Audio support for the AirPods Pro (probably its supposed successor, arriving later this year) and AirPods Max this spring season.
Needless to say, Spatial Audio makes watching movies even more enjoyable, as Apple promises that the feature will make users feel like the sound is coming from all directions, even when they move their head. Note that Spatial Audio must be activated manually via the Bluetooth section in the Settings app. You’ll also need a compatible audio product (see: AirPods Pro and Max) paired with a supported device running iOS 14 (and iPadOs 14) or a later build.
Netflix may limit Spatial Audio support to its more expensive plans
However, it remains to be seen whether Spatial Audio will be enabled for the entire Netflix library or just selected titles. It’s also very likely that support for Spatial Audio will only apply to the more expensive subscription tiers of the streaming service. Netflix already offers a similar audio-centric advantage in the form of Dolby Atmos support. However, Dolby Atmos compatibility is only available for a few titles. To take advantage of the benefits, you’ll need a Netflix plan that supports streaming in Ultra HD quality.
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