New features of Apple AirPods include a new tool to help with "mild" hearing loss

338 02/07/2021

Apple announced several new features of AirPods at WWDC, these features will help you listen better, focus on work and find the missing earbuds. First, the company is adding a "Conversation Boost" function to AirPods Pro to help users with "mild" hearing problems. The tool focuses on sound, and the AirPods settings in iOS 15 will provide environmental noise adjustments, allowing you to adjust as needed.

Next, Apple is adding an "Announce Notifications" option that syncs with the new Focus settings in iOS 15. The feature will read priority notifications over AirPods, broadcasting things like a shopping list or a delivery — in addition the existing options for messages.

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Apple says it also improved how AirPods sync with the Find My app. The company explains that the software will send a separation alert when you you leave your earbuds behind. There's a new proximity view for AirPods in the Find My app to give you another option besides playing sounds when you're near a misplaced AirPod. This new map is similar to what you get with the company's AirTags trackers.

Finally, Apple will also add spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max to Apple TV. This was the main complaint of their expensive over-ear headphones when they launched, so it's great to see the company resolve this omission with the latest round of updates.

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