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Apple's iOS 15, macOS Monterey simulates Spatial Audio for stereo content

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Apple's new iOS 15 and macOS Monterey updates contain a feature that allows users to simulate Spatial Audio for non-Dolby content.

Spatial Audio is a new Apple Music feature that allows users to hear music recorded with Dolby technology in simulated 3D space. However, for content that wasn't recorded with Dolby Atmos, there appears to be an alternative.

As spotted by a Redditor on Monday, there's a new "Spatialize Stereo" toggle in the volume controls in Control Center. The feature doesn't deliver true three-dimensional sound, but it will simulate the experience of having audio coming from different directions.

The "Spatialize Stereo" feature requires iOS 15, iPadOS 15 or macOS Monterey and a pair of AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. It works with a range of content, including videos in Photos or songs on Spotify. However, some apps — like YouTube — won't work.

Apple's iOS 15 update is currently in beta, and should release to the public sometime in the fall.

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