Apple FaceTime getting spatial audio for ‘more natural’ calls – CNET

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Apple has announced that as part of the update to iOS 15, FaceTime will offer spatial audio to make people’s voices appear to come from their position on screen, during its annual WWDC keynote.

The feature is designed to make FaceTime “more natural, comfortable and lifelike,” Apple’s Craig Federighi said.

Spatial audio is a collection of 3D surround formats, including Dolby Atmos, designed to bring height and rear effects to video calls, movies and music. Apple introduced spatial audio on its AirPods Pro last year and it uses the headphones’ accelerometer for head tracking. 

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It’s also supported by AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, or the built-in speakers in the latest versions of the iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apple’s virtual WWDC 2021 conference runs from today through Friday and includes announcements about the newest version of iOS, Apple Maps and more. 

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