So we’re just going to gloss over the fact that Apple said that we can use the TrueDepth camera to scan our heads and ears to optimize our sound experiences with the AirPods Pro 2? Am the only one who thinks this perk, officially labeled “personalized spatial audio,” is the most interesting update announced during Wednesday’s ‘Far Out’ Apple event?

The social media sphere made a big to-do about the iPhone 14 Pro‘s Dynamic Island, the new 48MP wide-angle camera, the Apple Watch Series 8‘s crash detection, and satellite connectivity, but custom sound optimized for you and you alone? That blows all of the other features out of the water. 

Personalized spatial audio

The AirPods Pro 2 got unveiled with a new H2 chip, improved active noise cancellation, enhanced transparency mode and improved acoustics. And to the delight of those who often misplace their possessions, Apple added a speaker to the AirPods Pro 2 case that plays a loud sound when FindMy is activated, making it easier for users to recover their lost earbuds.

Personalized Spatial Audio (Image credit: Apple)

While those updates are all great and dandy, none of them caught my eye like Apple’s new personalized spatial audio perk. Apple described spatial audio as sound that makes it seem like you’re on stage with the musician belting their heart out, but personalized spatial audio (PSA) takes that to a whole new level.

“With iOS 16, you can use the TrueDepth camera on iPhone to create a personal profile for spatial audio because the way we all perceive sound is unique based on the size and shape of our head and ears,” said Senior Engineer of AirPods Firmware Mary-Ann Rau. In other words, based on your ear shape, the AirPods Pro 2 will ensure that sound experiences are perfectly tuned for your unique physical features.

Apple AirPods Pro 2

Apple AirPods Pro 2 (Image credit: Apple)

Users who have iOS 16 beta installed can experiment with the PSA UI. “Use iPhone to capture a high-resolution scan of your ear geometry for improved spatial audio on all your Apple devices,” the PSA page says. This tells us this isn’t an AirPods Pro 2 exclusive, but it’s certainly a highlight people will enjoy when iOS 16 officially rolls out in the coming days.

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