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iOS 17 brought several new features to AirPods Pro 2. During the WWDC 2024 keynote, Apple also announced that the new iOS 18 system, along with a firmware update for AirPods Pro later this year, will bring even more features to Apple's best earbuds.

Among the changes, Apple announced the following:

  • Siri interactions: This feature allows you to interact with phone calls, messages, notifications, and more by simply nodding or shaking your head.
  • Language isolation: This feature is brought directly to AirPods Pro from iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Machine learning running on the H2 chip in AirPods Pro and the paired iPhone, iPad, or Mac isolates and enhances voice quality while removing important background noise for the listener.
  • Personalized spatial audio for gaming: When using AirPods Pro, gamers now benefit from the best wireless audio latency Apple has ever delivered for mobile gaming. AirPods Pro users can also enjoy improved voice quality, including 16-bit and 48kHz audio when chatting with teammates and other players.

While these features already represent a tempting upgrade for AirPods Pro 2 users, one hidden feature remains. Discovered by headphonesApple seems to want to give users more control over noise cancellation.

AirPods Pro 2 Adaptative Audio on iPhone 14 Pro Max with iOS 17Image source: José Adorno for BGR

According to the publication, code references in the AirPods firmware show that Apple wants to improve on last year's Adaptive Audio by giving users more control over noise cancellation. Once this feature is released, users will be able to ask Siri to “remove more noise” or “remove less noise.”

This is how Apple describes Adaptive Audio:

A new listening mode that dynamically combines Transparency Mode and Active Noise Cancellation to provide the best experience based on the conditions of the user's environment. This seamlessly adjusts the noise cancellation experience as users move between environments and interactions that are constantly changing throughout the day.

This means that if Apple makes a mistake with Adaptive, you can tell Siri to better adapt to your needs.

iOS 18 and upcoming AirPods firmware updates are still in early beta, and BGR will update you as soon as we learn more about other features that may be released later this year.

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