Your AirPods Pro earbuds are getting some hot new tricks including Voice Isolation, Personalized Spatial Audio in games, and more in iOS 18

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The big Apple WWDC week is very much underway and the company's June 10 announcements of iOS 18, Apple Intelligence, and more are understandably capturing plenty of headlines. But AirPods Pro owners are also getting some software updates of their own, including a number of new features.

Those new features will all be available via free software updates this fall and while some are limited to Apple's AirPods Pro 2, some will also work with other earbuds and headphones including the AirPods 3 and AirPods Max.

The list of new features includes improved call quality, reduced latency, and even support for shaking your head to reject an incoming call.

Music in your ears

Apple's press release confirming the new features begins by detailing new Siri Interactions, a feature that uses machine learning on the AirPods' H2 chip to offer new ways to deal with calls. "AirPods Pro users will be able to simply nod their head yes or gently shake their head no to respond to Siri announcements, which is particularly helpful in crowded or quiet areas where they may not want to speak out loud," Apple explains. The feature is set to be useful in noisy environments or when answering Siri could be problematic.

Another AirPods Pro improvement is Voice Isolation which "isolates and enhances voice quality while removing significant background noise — like wind around the caller — for the listener." This feature should make it easier for people to hear your voice during calls.

Another addition is Personalized Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking support during gaming. The feature works with AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max while "AirPods Pro users can also enjoy improved voice quality, including 16-bit, 48kHz audio, when chatting with teammates and other players."

That's all good news, of course. The bad news? Siri Interactions, Voice Isolation, and improved voice quality will only be available to owners of AirPods Pro 2.

AirPods Pro 2 | $249 $190 at Amazon

AirPods Pro 2 | $249 $190 at Amazon

Apple's best wireless earbuds are available at a deep discount, but these kinds of prices are never around for long. Make sure to order your AirPods Pro 2 while you can save a massive $59.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.