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Here are the apps that support AirPods Max's and AirPods Pro's Spatial Audio feature

By Kenny Yeo - on 28 Mar 2021, 11:27am

Here are the apps that support AirPods Max's and AirPods Pro's Spatial Audio feature

Note: This article was first published on 8 Mar 2021.

Spatial Audio is a feature that's available on the AirPods Max and AirPods Pro.

When enabled, it causes the sound field to stay fixed to your source device. This means even if you turn your head or move away, the sound will still appear to come from your source device. It’s quite bizarre to experience it for the first time, but it does make it feel as if you are listening to a surround sound setup in a room.

Sadly, there are some limitations. For a start, it only works on selected content. It also only works on the iPhone and iPad, and also only with selected apps.

To make it easy for users to know which apps support Spatial Audio, here's a list of popular apps that support the feature:

  • Air Video HD (Turn on Surround in Audio settings)
  • Apple's TV app
  • Disney+
  • FE File Explorer (DTS 5.1 unsupported)
  • Foxtel Go (Australia) 
  • HBO Max
  • Hulu
  • Plex (Enable old video player in Settings)
  • Peacock
  • Discovery+
  • Paramount+
  • Vudu
  • Some TIDAL songs

As you'll note, there are a handful of prominent apps that don't feature and that includes:

  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • VLC
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Infuse

Additionally, Spatial Audio requires iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 or later. And it only works on the following devices:

  • iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation) and later
  • ‌iPad Pro‌‌ 11‑inch 
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) 
  • ‌‌iPad‌‌ (6th generation) and later 
  • iPad mini (5th generation)

You'll note that Spatial Audio doesn't work on the Mac or with Apple TV.

To enable Spatial Audio on your AirPods Max or AirPods Pro, open Control Centre and touch and hold onto the volume control to invoke the Spatial Audio feature. 

Check out our review of the AirPods Max here, and the AirPods Pro here.

Source: MacRumors

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