- Netflix on iPhones and iPads will support Spatial Audio.
- Spatial Audio at Dolby Atmos support essentially aims to offer a 3D sound effect.
- iOS 15 takes Spatial Audio to the next level with a new Spatialize Stereo option.
Netflix is adding Spatial Audio support on iPhone and iPad. Spatial Audio will be available as an option in the Control Center on iPhone and iPad for those running iOS 14 and iOS 15. Watching Netflix content with Spatial Audio requires the AirPods Pro or the AirPods Max. Some of Netflix’s competitors, including Apple TV+, HBO Max, and Disney+, already support Spatial Audio.
Apple says that spatial audio is an immersive experience using directional audio filters to “play sounds virtually anywhere in space, creating an immersive sound experience.” This will put surround channels exactly in the right spot, even as you turn your head or move your device.
If you don’t get see Spatial Audio in the Netflix app, it is likely that you do not have the latest version of the app. Make sure you have the latest version from the App Store and continue checking over the coming weeks. The company says this will be a slow rollout.
What exactly is Spatial Audio?
Spatial Audio is Apple’s implementation of surround sound. The feature enables your headphones – AirPods Pro and AirPods Max – to track the movements of your head or the device to direct sound and adjust sound frequencies each ear receives. This is achieved using the gyroscope and accelerometer in the AirPods, which explains why the AirPods Pro and Max are compatible.
In some instances, it causes the sound field to stay fixed to your source device. This means even if you turn your head or move away, the sound will still appear to come from your source device. It’s quite bizarre to experience it for the first time, but it does make it feel as if you are listening to a surround sound setup in a room.
Users will be able to choose between three quality standards for lossless audio as well. The three quality tiers are CD quality which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz (kilohertz), the 24 bit at 48 kHz, which is playable natively on Apple devices, and the Hi-Resolution Lossless all the way up to 24 bit at 192 kHz.
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