Apple has announced a handful of major new features and improvements for all AirPods models. The changes will come with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey and watchOS 8, due to be released to the public later this year.
Conversation Boost will help users that are hard of hearing focus on the person speaking in front of them, reducing the ambient noise. It ties in with the ability for Siri to announce important notifications in your ears, too.
AirPods Pro and AirPods Max are now compatible with Find My, letting you locate them if you misplace your earphones, with their approximate location clearly displayed on the map, and ping them with an audible chime. Proximity View will also be supported, so you’ll get precise directions on whereabouts the AirPods are.
Other new features include Separation Alerts, telling you if you’ve left your AirPods behind, Background Sounds, which Apple TLD understands plays ambient sounds that you choose in the Settings app, and support for Spatial Audio on tvOS, and on Macs with the M1 chip.
Firmware updates for all AirPods models will likely be available later this year, following the release of the new software updates for iPhone, iPad and Mac.