Netflix has just rolled out an app update for iPhone And ipad. It brings something new, but not least: spatial audio. Welcome to a new world.
Spatial Audio, also known as Dolby Atmos, has the distinction of allowing compatible platforms to transmit spatial sound. So, if you hear a title suited to these techniques, you will feel immersed in it.
To provide such an experience, Apple relies on Directional Audio Filters, filters that allow the ear to accurately locate the sound source.
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Spatial Audio, an innovation that changes everything
Better yet, the spatial audio developed by Apple brings an additional variable to the equation: dynamic head tracking. Thanks to the company’s headphones and an accelerometer integrated into their gyroscope, the experience is so much more immersive.
All you have to do is move your head to have the Directional Audio Filter automatically adapt to your movement.
And the best part is that with iOS 15, it’s not even necessary to be content that uses Dolby Atmos to take advantage of these functions. Apple has actually integrated a tool into the platform that is capable of spatializing stereo streams to provide a similar experience.
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A function now offered by Netflix
So far, spatial audio has only been supported by Apple Music and Apple TV+, but it looks like the technology is opening up. The proof of this is that Netflix now integrates it and therefore you will find the option to activate this feature in the options of the latest version of the application.
Note, however, that spatial audio will only be available if you use one of the headphones or earphones that support it. So you must have AirPods Pro or AirPods Max to enjoy it. Now, of course, we hope that other streaming giants will take advantage of this and offer it in turn on their applications.
One thing seems certain that the arrival of Dolby Atmos on Netflix is likely to change a lot. Having tested it on Apple Music, I can really tell you that this function is far from being a gadget and it significantly strengthens the immersion when listening to music.
And inevitably, on a film or a series, it runs the risk of delivering interesting experiences.
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