Bad news, Apple fans: It looks like the original AirPods Pro headphones aren’t getting a free feature update courtesy of their new sibling after all.
Apple AirPods Pro (2019) and AirPods Max users testing iOS 16.1 beta have reported seeing Adaptive Transparency mode – a feature introduced in the new AirPods Pro 2 – appearing in the settings of their first-gen devices, but Apple’s resident member of Bloomberg, Mark Gurman, has now poured cold water on emotion.
“I was told this is a bug”, Gurman tweeted (opens in new tab) in light of the reports, adding that the feature “should not work” when asked to clarify the nature of the hiccup.
Adaptive Transparency is an extension of the original AirPods Pro’s Transparency mode that allows the AirPods Pro 2 to silence loud sounds – sirens, building noise and so on – without blocking out all the noise, due to the new H2 chip of the buttons and more advanced design. advanced.
AirPods Pro and AirPods Max users reported seeing the updated feature replace the device’s original Transparency mode after downloading the third iOS 16.1 beta, but Gurman has now dashed hopes that Apple plans to expand Adaptive Transparency to all generations of the device. AirPods Pro.
In fact, the revelation is not a surprise. The H1 chip in the original AirPods Pro always seemed unlikely to be able to support Adaptive Transparency, which was reportedly introduced in the AirPods Pro 2 Why their new H2 chip offered so much.
In all likelihood, then, the switch to activate the feature appeared for these devices in error. Adaptive Transparency never worked in practice on these devices – although some users disagree on how well it worked or not:
They can and do work. I tested it with my AirPods Pro and several other users are reporting that it works for them too.October 3, 2022
According to Gurman, Apple’s official line is that Adaptive Transparency “shouldn’t work” on the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, which suggests that some additional digging would need to be done to determine whether these older-generation products are actually capable of using it. the resource. .
The transparency mode that does officially exist on the AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max works in the same way to let outside noise in, albeit without the ability to automatically mute particularly loud sounds (above 85db).
Many have found the AirPods Pro 2’s Adaptive Transparency Mode to be one of its best features: Senior Audio Editor Matt Bolton wasn’t a fan of how the original AirPods Pro handled transparency mode and wrote a guide about it. as he fixed it – but he finds the mode great on the AirPods Pro 2 out of the box.