Apple has announced new features coming to its high-end earbuds and headphones, including Conversation Boost and improved tracking via thenetwork. The company revealed the new features during its annual .
and users will soon be able to locate their earbuds or headphones more accurately using the , just like locating objects with the recently announced . The AirPods Pro and Max now send out a secure Bluetooth beacon that can be detected by other Apple devices. The new proximity view in the Find My app lets you know when you're getting close, and you can choose the Play Sound option, which makes the devices emit a chirping noise. You can also set up a separation alert to notify you if you leave your AirPods behind.
The company didn't announce additional functionality for its less expensive. Those earbuds will , however.
Conversation Boost, another new feature, is "designed to help people with mild hearing challenges to stay more connected in conversations" by using spatial audio to focus on the person talking in front of you. "Computational audio and beamforming microphones" help position the speaker in face-to-face conversation, and the feature can also reduce the amount of ambient noise.
The company also introduced spatial audio on its Apple Music service, as well ascalls.
Another new feature, called Announce Notifications, will let Apple's Siri voice assistant read time-sensitive notifications over AirPods connected to Apple devices. Apple cited as examples notifying you of a dinner delivery or supplying a shopping list.
Apple's virtual WWDC event runs through Friday.