What you need to know
- Powerbeats Pro now supports Automatic Switching.
- The feature moves audio automatically between your iPhone and iPad.
- You must have an iPhone and iPad running iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
Automatic Switching, like Apple explains on the iOS 14 website (opens in new tab), allows your headphones to intelligently switch audio between your devices without you having to manually move it over. For example, if you end a call on your iPhone and start watching a movie on your iPad, your headphones will automatically switch from your iPhone to the iPad to start streaming your movie audio.
While Apple specifically talked about this feature coming to AirPods Pro during its WWDC keynote, the small print does say that Automatic Switching would be coming to the 2nd generation AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, Powerbeats, and Beats Solo Pro as well.
Well, it appears that support is beginning to roll out to at least Powerbeats Pro headphones starting today. So, if you have a compatible pair of Beats, check to see if you have an update and start enjoying Automatic Switching. The feature will still not work for Mac, but will once Apple releases macOS Big Sur to the public.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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