Customizing Adaptive Audio on AirPods Pro 2 with iOS 18

With the release of iOS 18, Apple introduces a game-changing feature for AirPods Pro 2 users: the ability to customize Adaptive Audio settings. This update allows users to fine-tune the balance between noise control and ambient sound, offering a more personalized listening experience.

Key Features of Adaptive Audio

Adaptive Audio is an innovative feature that includes:

  1. Adaptive Noise Control:
    • Blends Transparency and Active Noise Cancellation.
    • Adjusts noise control based on environmental conditions.
  2. Personalized Volume:
    • Adjusts volume based on personal preferences and environmental conditions.
  3. Conversation Awareness:
    • Lowers the volume and enhances voices during conversations.

New Customization Options in iOS 18

Previously, Adaptive Audio was an all-or-nothing setting. However, with iOS 18, Apple introduces a “Customize Adaptive Audio” menu, allowing users to:

  • Adjust the setting for more or less noise:
    • This customization primarily affects Adaptive Noise Control.
    • Useful in varying environmental conditions.
  • Impact Personalized Volume:
    • Tweaks volume adjustments according to user preferences and surroundings.

How to Customize Adaptive Audio

To take advantage of these new settings, follow these steps:

  1. Update your AirPods Pro 2 to the latest beta firmware.
  2. Connect to an iPhone running iOS 18.
  3. Open the Settings app.
  4. Navigate to the AirPods section.
  5. Enter the new Adaptive Audio section.
  6. Use the slider bar to adjust settings for less noise or more noise.

These settings will enhance your listening experience by allowing for precise control over Adaptive Noise Control and Personalized Volume. Additionally, these features will be available across iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia.

Benefits of Customized Adaptive Audio

  • Enhanced noise control tailored to individual preferences.
  • Improved conversational clarity with Conversation Awareness.
  • Personalized listening experience with adjustable volume settings.

These features make the AirPods Pro 2 a versatile tool for a variety of environments, from busy streets to quiet offices.

MacReview verdict

The ability to customize Adaptive Audio on the AirPods Pro 2, launching with iOS 18 in the fall, marks a significant enhancement in user control over their audio environment. Whether you need more noise control or prefer to hear more ambient sound, the new settings offer flexibility and personalization to meet your needs.

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