Sometimes the capabilities of individual models of different equipment are limited by software, which allows developers to add more features over time. A similar story happened with AirPods, which later this year will receive some improvements.
Owners of the second-generation AirPods Pro model are the most fortunate. For starters, they’ll get Adaptive Audio. This is a kind of mix of Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes. Headphones will be able to independently determine the level of ambient noise and adapt the sound for the user accordingly.
In addition, with the Personalized Volume function (and with the help of machine learning), the system will be able to learn the user’s preferences and automatically adjust the sound depending on the surrounding circumstances.
Similarly, current AirPods Pro will be able to determine when the user is talking to someone and at that moment automatically switch to Transparency mode for the duration of the conversation. This feature is called Conversation Awareness.
Switching between iPhone and Mac, for example, should also improve with Automatic Switching: “connection time between your Apple devices will be significantly faster and more reliable, thus making the process of moving from listening on one device to another even more seamless.”
And for AirPods Pro (first and second generation), AirPods (third generation) and AirPods Max models, the Mute or Unmute option will be added. Yes, by touching the “legs” of AirPods with two fingers, or by pressing the Digital Crown of AirPods Max, you can quickly turn the sound off or on.
Such updates should come to the headphones in the fall of this year.