With the introduction of new versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS with many improvements, Apple also introduced some new features for the AirPods Pro 2 at WWDC23. These features might look small but add immense value to your listening experience.
I’ll explain all the new features Apple added to the AirPods Pro 2 with its latest software and how to enable or use them.
- How does Adaptive Audio work on AirPods Pro 2
- Personalized Volume
- Use Conversation Awareness feature on AirPods Pro 2
- AirPods Automatic Switching feature
How does Adaptive Audio work on AirPods Pro 2
If you’re a fan of the ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) and Transparency modes on the AirPods Pro 2, you have to manually switch between them by pressing the AirPods’ stems. However, Apple is improving switching between these modes with a new feature, Adaptive Audio.
Adaptive Audio automatically switches between the ANC and Transparency modes dynamically depending on different environments around you. So if you’re casually walking around on the street, it’ll be on the ANC mode, but if something important like a car horn blows, your AirPods Pro 2 will switch to the Transparency mode, so you’re careful.
You can switch to Adaptive mode by following these simple steps:
- Connect your AirPods Pro 2 to your iPhone if you haven’t.
- Open the Control Center on your iPhone by swiping down from the battery icon at the top.
- Long-press the volume slider until noise control options appear.
- Select the Adaptive option from the noise control options under the volume slider.
Once enabled, your AirPods Pro 2 will switch between ANC and Transparency modes based on your surroundings.
The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) will also get a new Personalized Audio feature. This feature uses on-device machine learning to understand your environment and volume levels simultaneously over time. As a result, it curates personalized volume levels based on your listening preferences to provide you with the best media-listening experience.
Your AirPods Pro 2 will have this feature turned on by default. However, if it isn’t, you can follow these steps to turn it on:
- Connect your AirPods Pro 2 to your iPhone.
- Select your AirPods Pro 2 option below your Apple ID.
- Scroll down and enable the Personalized Volume option.
Use Conversation Awareness feature on AirPods Pro 2
Removing your AirPods repeatedly when you want to talk to someone can often be annoying. However, Apple took care of it with the Conversation Awareness feature on the AirPods Pro 2.
Conversation Awareness automatically lowers the media volume on your AirPods once you start talking. Furthermore, it’ll enhance the audio of the person in front of you while reducing background noises.
Follow these simple instructions to turn on the Conversation Awareness feature on your AirPods Pro 2 if they don’t have it enabled by default:
- Connect your AirPods Pro 2 to your iPhone.
- Select your AirPods Pro 2 option under your Apple ID.
- Scroll down and enable the Conversation Awareness option.
AirPods Automatic Switching feature
One of the most important features of the Apple ecosystem is switching your AirPods between devices. However, it hasn’t been reliable many times; for instance, if you connect your AirPods to your Mac and start listening on your iPhone, your AirPods will switch to the iPhone, but the vice versa isn’t always the case.
Apple is improving things with the upcoming update to AirPods with Automatic Switching between Apple devices running the latest version. So if you’re playing a media on an iPhone with AirPods, and when you start playing another media on your Mac, your AirPods will switch to the Mac instantly.
Don’t worry; you’ll have the undo option to go back to the previous device if you don’t want your AirPods to switch.
This feature is not exclusive to AirPods Pro 2 but will also be available on some other AirPods. Also, Apple enables this feature by default, and there’s no option to turn it on and off.
So these were the updates coming to the AirPods Pro 2 later this year. However, if you don’t have the AirPods Pro 2, you’ll also get a few other features on your AirPods Pro. Lastly, Apple emphasized these four features at WWDC 2023 and might add more by the end of this year. Let me know what is your favorite upcoming feature of the AirPods Pro 2nd generation.
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