When I tuned in to watch the second season of “The Mandalorian”, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it supports AirPods Pro spatial audio. As it is a feature limited to AirPods Pro, I initially thought it would only be on Apple TV shows. +.
Not only season two, episode one supports space audio, but I’ve gone back to a couple of season one episodes and they support it too.
AirPods Pro Spatial Audio
As I wrote earlier, spatial audio is a feature that mimics traditional surround sound, except that all you need is a pair of AirPods Pro instead of six speakers around your home theater. Sound engineers can place sounds in 3D space centered on your Apple device or on your head. Supported Apple devices include:
- iPhone 7 or later
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) and later
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad (6th generation) and later
- iPad mini (5th generation)
You’ll also need to be running iOS or iPadOS 14, and of course use an app that supports it. Currently the only apps I know of with spatial audio are Apple TV and now Disney +. I don’t have any Hulu or Amazon Video subscriptions but haven’t seen anything on the web about those services that support the feature. I have Netflix but haven’t encountered spatial audio on the platform yet. Hope more apps support it.