Unless you own a 5.1 surround sound system that will cost you the largest chunk of $ 1,000, chances are your AirPods are firmly planted to dip your ears in a must-have box set or a bombastic blockbuster on Netflix. This is because the US streaming service is believed to be working on a new feature that aims to improve the audio experience by adapting Apple’s Spatial Audio feature, which creates a surround sound-like experience that adapts to yours Adjusts head movement.
Spacial Audio is only available for the AirPods Pro noise-canceling earbuds and the all-new AirPods Max over-ear cans, so those with entry-level AirPods will lose £ 159 when this new feature launches.
As Apple explains, “Dynamic Head Tracking Spatial Audio delivers a theater-like sound that surrounds you from the movie or video you’re watching, making it appear like the sound is coming from all around you. The sound field remains mapped the device and the voice remain with the actor or the action on the screen. “
According to a new report from iPhoneSoft, Netflix wants to bring this cinema-style feature to those who wear AirPods, with claims that the upgrade has actually been tested since December last year. If so, it could certainly make watching content on the platform even more intense.
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Unfortunately, in addition to owning the more expensive AirPods Pro (£ 219) and AirPods Max (£ 549), you’ll have to subscribe to Netflix Premium, which costs £ 13.99 a month and is more than twice as expensive as the £ 5.99 basic plan .
Hopefully there will be more news about this update in the coming weeks, but it might help to justify a price hike recently announced by Netflix.
The company just announced that millions of users will see their monthly bill increase. The streaming company had already increased its standard and premium new customer plans, increasing both by £ 1. That means those who sign up now will pay £ 9.99 to stream on more than one device at the same time and £ 13.99 for the ultimate option that brings content to your TV in 4K.
Now existing Netflix streamers are warned that their bills are getting bigger too. In a post on its website, Netflix said, “These prices are for new members and will take effect gradually for all current members. Current members will be emailed 30 days before their price change goes into effect.”
The only plan not affected by the increase is the base option, which stays at £ 5.99.