With iOS / iPadOS 14: Airpods Pro get surround sound

With Apple’s new systems, the AirPods Pro should reproduce a 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos sound as you know it from (expensive) and built-in surround systems. This is all the more surprising when you consider that there are only two small loudspeakers that are spread over two ears. Here, however, Apple plays a trump card. The headphones use an accelerometer to determine their relative movement and signal strength around their distance from the iOS device. In Apple’s typical obsession with detail, head movements relative to the iPhone or iPad screen are determined and applied to the display using algorithms. If the user turns his head, the sound behaves differently than when he moves the iPad. If all devices are moving – the user is sitting on a bus that is driving around a curve – the iOS device and the Airpods also process this “acoustically” correctly.