When the second generation AirPods Pro were launched, it came with an “Adaptive Transparency” feature. This mode will block out unwanted sounds, reducing the level of noise. Now, with iOS 16.1 beta 3, first-generation AirPods Pro will also be getting this option.
The newly introduced Transparency Mode is currently available in the AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods Max. With this feature, the sensor detects and reduces all high-decibel noise in the surroundings. This is possible thanks to the device’s H2 chip’s high sampling rate of 48,000/second. This, supplemented by its inbuilt microphones, allows users to be cognizant of surrounding sounds. Apple states that Adaptive Transparency helps minimize the intensity of loud noises emitted by sirens or power tools.
According to latest reports, the latest iOS 16.1 beta 3 update brings Adaptive Transparency to the older AirPods Pro. The latest iOS beta, which is being seeded to developers, bears the new AirPods beta firmware (build 5A304a).
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It’s still too soon to say if all older AirPods Pro will be getting Adaptive Transparency, since Apple hasn’t acknowledged it yet. To enable the option, you’ll have to navigate to Settings > [your AirPods], then turn on Adaptive Transparency.
Meanwhile, iOS 16.1 has brought the battery percentage indicator for models such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 13 mini. With the update, the battery level indicator will change dynamically, according to the actual battery charge. It also introduces Fitness+ without the Apple Watch. Other features include a Clean Energy Charging option, Matter support, Live Activities option, and more.