Netflix supports spatial audio on iPhone and iPad
Despite what many believed, until this precise moment, Netflix had not officially supported the playback of content compatible with spatial audio on Apple devices and for the company’s headphones that support this technology.
Now yes, with the recent update of the applications of Netflix for iPhone and iPad comes the spatial sound for everyone and you can now enjoy a new multimedia experience. Of course, again you will need to have AirPods Pro or AirPods Max to enjoy it. This is due to the hardware characteristics of both headphones, which allows the user to be positioned according to the device they are using for playback.
How to enable spatial audio on Netflix for iOS and iPadOS
In order to enjoy the experience of spatial audio in the Netflix apps for iOS and iPadOS all you have to do is go to Control center and there activate the option of Spatial Audio. That is, the same thing you do when you are listening to Apple Music and activate this sound option.
Of course, you have to keep in mind that it will also depend on the content you are playing. Not all series, movies and documentaries available on Netflix offer support for this audio format. Not forgetting either that, despite the launch, the option may not yet be available in your country as the company is carrying out a progressive deployment.
However, it is also important to know that requires iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 or higher. And best of all, with the arrival of iIOS 15 in the fall there will also be the possibility of converting any audio into spatial audio through software techniques that will generate a simulation of how it should sound if it is native content.
What does spatial audio contribute
Explaining what it contributes or why the support that is given to spatial audio is important is a bit complex if it has not been tested. Because when you appreciate the differences for yourself is when it is easiest to see the real value.
The basis of spatial audio has already been explained and consists of basically play sounds at any point in a virtual space that is created with headphones that give support and the use of different technologies that allow knowing the exact position of the user with respect to the device where the content is reproduced.
Thus, as you move to one side or the other, you move forward or backward, the sensation of knowing where it is playing intensifies. And that, logically, allows a much more investing experience. So you really have to test it to give it value.
The “downside” is that there aren’t many compatible apps, services, playback devices, or headsets yet; but in the same way that noise cancellation systems are reaching most of the proposals on the market regardless of price (although that conditions the quality and effectiveness of each one), spatial audio will also expand. Until we can all enjoy it the way we already do stereo sound.