6 new features for AirPods Pro in iOS 17

6 new features for AirPods Pro in iOS 17

iOS 17 to Bring Exciting Enhancements to AirPods Pro 2

When iOS 17 arrives next month, it won’t just add new features to your iPhone – it also promises to bring several new functions to second-generation AirPods Pro. Below are six improvements to AirPods Pro 2 that owners can look forward to when Apple’s new mobile operating system is officially launched.

Adaptive Audio: Taking Noise Control to the Next Level

Adaptive Audio, or Adaptive Noise Control, promises to take noise control to the next level by dynamically blending the existing Transparency and Active Noise Cancellation modes together to deliver the best audio experience in the moment. This way, loud or distracting noises surrounding you will be automatically reduced, while other noises will still be audible. Apple gave the example of leaf blowers getting reduced but sudden traffic noises coming through on the user’s AirPods.

Conversation Awareness: Stay Focused on What Matters

Conversation Awareness is an exciting new feature that detects when someone starts talking to you and will lower the volume of the audio you’re listening to, cutting down on background noise accordingly. This feature is especially useful during calls, as it reduces noise around you while you speak. As a sub-component of Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness also enhances the voices in front of you so you can hear the conversation clearly.

Personalized Volume: Tailor-Made Sound Experience

Similar to Adaptive Audio, Personalized Volume uses machine learning to fine-tune your listening experience by understanding environmental conditions and listening preferences. With this feature, your ‌‌iPhone‌‌ is able to learn more about the volume that you prefer over time and will tweak it as necessary to match your desired sound level. Say goodbye to constantly adjusting the volume manually.

Mute Controls: Stay in Control of Your Conversations

Perhaps surprisingly, AirPods Pro do not currently have an assignable on-board mute function. However, with iOS 17, that’s set to change. If you press the stem of your ‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌ earbuds, you will be able to mute and unmute yourself while you’re on a call. This feature will also be available on first-generation AirPods, third-generation AirPods, and AirPods Max headphones if you press the Digital Crown.

Fast Automatic Device Switching: Seamlessly Transfer Between Devices

AirPods have been criticized in the past for sluggish performance when attempting to automatically switch between Apple devices. Fortunately, AirPods Pro 2 will automatically switch between Apple devices much quicker in iOS 17. Say goodbye to the hassle of manually switching between your devices – just put on your AirPods and enjoy a seamless transition.

Hey Siri: A More Convenient Voice Command

This fall, Apple is simplifying the voice command to invoke Siri on the ‌iPhone‌ and other Apple devices, including the iPad, Mac, HomePod, and the second-generation ‌AirPods Pro‌. Instead of “Hey Siri,” you’ll be able to simply say “‌Siri‌” to activate the voice assistant. Not only that, you’ll also be able to issue multiple queries and commands in succession without having to say “‌Siri‌” again. This enhancement turns your AirPods into an even more powerful tool for hands-free control.

Apple is expected to release ‌iOS 17‌ alongside firmware updates for AirPods in September 2023. These new features promise to make AirPods Pro 2 an even more impressive audio companion. Stay tuned for more information on all the exciting updates coming with ‌iOS 17‌.