What you need to know
- Apple released its new Spatial Audio feature for Apple Music earlier this week.
- It includes dozens of curated songs made using Dolby Atmos.
- A new setting in iOS 15 will let users simulate the effect for all other content.
As the user notes, you can jump into the Control Center and toggle 'Spatialize Stereo', which takes a stereo mix and creates a virtual spatial audio environment. Apple has carefully curated a few hundred songs for its initial Spatial Audio launch, and these songs are marked with a 'Dolby Atmos' icon whilst playing. This new iOS 15 feature will let users enjoy some of the benefits of spatial audio on every song they listen to, although the experience won't quite be the same as listening to music recorded using Dolby Atmos. According to AppleInsider, the new feature is available on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey and will only work with Apple's AirPods Max and AirPods Pro.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9