Apple introduced 3D audio assistance for iPhone and iPad in combination with AirPods Pro or AirPods Max with iOS 14 last fall. According to present reports, the streaming service Netflix is testing a corresponding upgrade of its app to allow its subscribers to utilize this feature.
Netflix requires to catch up: other services currently support 3D audio
As 9to5Mac writes, not much work is needed to support 3D audio in the Netflix app. For instance, many of the companys motion pictures or series currently consist of the required surround sound. Other streaming services like Apple TELEVISION+, Hulu, and Disney+ currently support virtual movie theater noise from Apples earphones, so Netflix has some reaching do.
However, the website likewise points out that just the most pricey Netflix subscription presently supports surround noise in the type of Dolby Atmos. So its quite possible that the feature will just be available to those subscribers in the future.
3D audio aside from iOS: Galaxy Buds Pro assistance 360-degree audio
While the present report is restricted to Netflix on iPhone and iPad, its conceivable that the streaming service might potentially open the corresponding feature for Samsung devices in the future. After all, the recently unveiled Galaxy Buds Pro likewise provide 360-degree audio.
It is not understood when exactly the Netflix app for iPhone and iPad will be expanded to support 3D audio. Far, there is only talk that it might begin in the spring with a “minimal catalogue”.
As 9to5Mac composes, not much work is required to support 3D audio in the Netflix app. Many of the suppliers motion pictures or series currently consist of the necessary surround noise. Other streaming services like Apple TV+, Hulu, and Disney+ currently support virtual cinema noise from Apples earphones, so Netflix has some capturing up to do.
According to a confidential Netflix designer, the provider has been testing 3D audio, also known as spatial audio, support because December 2020. If a movie offers the needed audio content, a virtual surround sound can be created in the ear of AirPods users thanks to this feature.
To use 3D audio, Apple requires a minimum of an iPhone or iPad running iOS 14 and AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. These devices have the essential sensing units to track the users movements and hence adjust the sound accordingly.
The prerequisite for utilizing 3D audio with a present iPhone or iPad are AirPods Pro, as shown above, or the new AirPods Max./ © Ben Miller/ NextPIT