A bit of a back-and-forth earlier this year had some folks interested in listening to Netflix content with Spatial Audio support excited for the future — and then not so much. However, it turns out it was all a bit of misdirection on Netflix’s part, because while the streaming company said it wasn’t testing support for the feature, the feature is now live anyway.
The folks over at iPhoneSoft reported on the new rollout first, following up reports shared by users on Reddit. It was then confirmed by 9to5Mac that Netflix is indeed rolling out support for Spatial Audio in the iPhone and iPad apps, as long as they are being used on devices running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. What’s more, you’ll need to have AirPods Pro or AirPods Max to take advantage the feature.
With Spatial Audio, you’ll get a more “theater-like” experience. This feature brings dynamic head tracking to the in-ear headphones, offering up the ability to place sound anywhere in space. So as you turn your head, the sound that emits from the headphones will still sound like it’s coming from the iPhone or iPad.
It’s a neat feature, and you can find out how to use it in the link below.
As long as the content supports it from the Netflix app, and you’re streaming it from a supported iPhone or iPad, then you’ll be able to turn on Spatial Audio from within Control Center to activate the feature.
It’s worth noting here that Netflix has confirmed that this will be a slow rollout, too. So while the company has given the green light to supporting the feature, and that support is rolling out starting today, it may take some time before it reaches your eligible devices. The quickest way to make sure you have that support, though, is making sure you’ve got the most up-to-date version of Netflix on your devices.
Are you excited to try this out?