AirPods Pro 2: Why is no one crazy about this cool new feature?

So we’re just going to cover up that Apple said 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 as “personalized spatial audio,” is the most interesting update announced at Wednesday’s “Far Out” Apple event?

The social media vibe made a big splash 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 other functions out of the water.

Personalized spatial audio

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

Personalized spatial audio

Personalized spatial audio (Image credit: Apple)

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

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

Apple AirPods Pro 2

Apple AirPods Pro 2 (Image credit: Apple)

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