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  • Apple Music announces Lossless Audio, Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos

    saarek said:
    It's a shame that the spacial seems to be Apple hardware specific. I'm sure other headphones that support Dolby Atmos could easily do it too if allowed.
    Guess again.

    From Apple's FAQ:

    How can I listen to Dolby Atmos music?

    All Apple Music subscribers using the latest version of Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV7 can listen to thousands of Dolby Atmos music tracks using any headphones. When you listen with compatible Apple or Beats headphones,8 Dolby Atmos music plays back automatically when available for a song. For other headphones, go to Settings > Music > Audio and set Dolby Atmos to Always On. You can also hear Dolby Atmos music using the built‑in speakers on a compatible iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro, or HomePod,9 or by connecting your Apple TV 4K to a compatible TV or audiovisual receiver.

    Note: The headphones audio output from Dolby Atmos works the same as output from a binaural recording, a technology that's been around for decades. It will work in any stereo headphones. (It's the back end tech that is completely new.)

    Note to the note: Dolby Atmos for movies requires AirPods Pro because they have gyroscopes. Watching a movie on your iPhone, you're oriented toward the screen. If you hear an airplane coming from behind you and flying over and you turn instinctively turn your head, you still want the sound to be oriented to the screen as it would be if you were sitting in a movie theater. For listening to music, not so much, because you'll often be walking around doing other things while listening, and it's just as well to have the soundstage remain oriented to your ears as there's no screen involved.
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  • Telegram founder says iPhone users are digital slaves

    Thanks to competition and the free market, this fellow has the choice to not interact in any way whatsoever with Apple, their hardware or their software. 

    Ah, but that's probably not what he really wants. He wants access to the wallets of Apple's customers, but doesn't want any of the accountability that Apple requires to get there. What none of the folks who take this position realize is that it's because of all that accountability, privacy, security and software stability that Apple mandates that Apple's customers are more desirable than the ones who opt for Android. So if he got what he says he wants he wouldn't actually get what he really wants.
  • Apple Maps, Weather app now shows Crimea as Russian territory

    It would probably just annoy them, but it is possible to click somewhere on the map inside Crimea and chose the “Report an issue” option, where you can leave a comment such as “Crimea is not part of Russia.”
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  • Apple Music Spatial Audio launch event set for June 7

    Spatial Audio promises an immersive audio experience, built on top of Dolby Atmos. Rather than using fixed audio channels, Spatial Audio also takes into account the user's head movements, allowing the music sources to stay in positions relative to the user's body.”

    Based on what’s written here and in the linked explainer article, I think AI misunderstands what spatial audio is. The short end result of that is that I sincerely doubt that spatial audio for Apple Music will involve tracking head movements as it does when watching a movie with surround sound on your iPhone.

    This is because when watching a movie with spatial audio in your earbuds, the gyroscopes and sensors are orienting the surround sound to the device’s screen, not the listener’s body. The purpose of this is so that the sound of, say, an airplane flying overhead from behind your right shoulder and into the action on the screen will stay oriented to that screen even if you momentarily turn your head in reaction to hearing the airplane approach. This is a very cool effect, but it’s accomplished both with measurements from gyroscopes and accelerometers, along with some reliable assumptions about how you and your iPhone are positioned when you start watching. 

    When listening to music in your earbuds with no associated video on your iPhone, you’re a lot more likely to have the phone in your pocket or left on some furniture nearby. As a result, measuring your earbuds’ orientation to your iPhone becomes less than meaningless. The sensors in your AirPods Pro can detect motion, but as there are no sensors on your body, AirPods can’t determine on their own which way your head is turned. As such, there would be no way to consistently track head movements within an audio-only surround sound music track, without either assuming a listener is looking straight forward at the beginning of a track (an incorrect assumption much of the time) or by requiring an active user interaction confirming their starting position when pressing “play.” 

    So spatial audio for Apple Music is going to mean that there is indeed a three-dimensional sound field played back to you in your earbuds or earphones, whether from a 5.1 audio mix or from a Dolby Atmos source. It will be amazing. It almost certainly will not, however, involve tracking head movements for audio-only music. The surround sound field will stay oriented to your two ears, just as stereo does now. “Spatial audio” itself just refers to the technology that enables three-dimensional sound to be played back through two earphones or earbuds. The technological feat here is simulating the surround effect achieved with a much older recording concept known as binaural audio.
  • New iPad Pro models with larger screens are under development

    jcc said:
    What a joke. This is turning that mime into reality. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, back when they first released the iPad, there was a running joke that Apple will "innovate" by introducing larger and larger-sized iPads with no other new features. Well, sounds like it's becoming true. Welcome to the Cook era folks.

    This. Apple has become scared to bring anything new to market
    Having read these boards for a few years now, it’s hilarious to see the same myopic commentary cycle around over and over again. 

    Apple brings many new things to market. First they’re chided as pointless or useless. Then after a year or two when those same devices have become ubiquitous, the peanut gallery bellyaches about the incremental updates that aren’t earth-shattering brand new products. Then, eventually, the complaints start rolling in that older versions of devices are slow and are the victims of conspiracies of planned obsolescence. Lather, rinse, repeat. 

    On June 29, it will be all of 14 years ago when the original iPhone was released. Fourteen years. Prior to that, there was no iPhone, MacBook Air, iPad, Apple Watch, AppleTV, Apple Pencil, Apple App Store, HomePod, AirPod, M1 Apple Silicon, Airtag, etc. Kids in high school now were all born before any of these things existed. 

    So sure, you keep believing Apple is scared to bring anything new to market. 
  • Apple Music activates Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio content

    It’s up and functioning. Apple TV connected to an Atmos-capable system decodes it into true Atmos surround. iPhone plays surround on AirPods Pro. 

    The quick Mono to Stereo to Spatial demo in the Made for Spatial playlist is a good starting point if you’re not sure what this is all about. 
  • Apple was told about Group FaceTime privacy bug more than a week before closing access

    Apple has become a turgid bueocracy under Tim Cook.
    Fire him.
    If Steve Jobs were still alive, he would have shut the company down and imprisoned the entire engineering team in Siberia as soon as the first tweet about this bug was sent. Then he would've bought back every defective Apple product that had FaceTime installed, and thrown them into a volcano. Then he would have started an entirely new company where he would single-handedly invent, build and sell new game-changer tech gear on a bi-weekly basis. These mystical devices would be perfect, of course, and would sell by the hundreds of millions, instantly. 
  • Rudy Giuliani says warrant illegal since agents already had data 'from the iCloud'

    You might have had a point there if only Giuliani hadn’t been appointed by the previous President as Cyber Security Advisor, and he accepted that appointment. This would suggest both he and the President believed he has qualifications and technical knowledge that go beyond a great-grampa who always had a secretary to handle the new-fangled technical stuff for him. If, on the other hand, he took such an appointment without even a basic understanding of such things, perhaps that lack of knowledge and qualifications is a proper subject for criticism. 
  • Disney+ touts more than 10 million subscribers day after launch

    ireland said:
    Yes, but how many old users left Netflix? I left.

    Disney+ not available here. What’s it like? Name the kinds of stuff on there, please.
    Large swaths of content from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel. Movies and TV shows. Digging through Amazon Prime is kind of like digging through bins of clearance DVDs at a big box store. You find a few things that you like, but mostly lots of cheap stuff, most of which you don't really want. Disney+ is not like that. 
  • Updated HomePod, new HomePod mini rumored for early 2023

    I love my original HomePods. I want Apple to enter the home theatre space and allow me to have surround sound with some arrangement of HomePods.

    I hope whatever processor they use in the new HomePod has enough performance to allow real time audio tuning/processing. That’s one thing that sets the original HomePod apart from other generic speakers.

    Dolby Atmos with beamforming would be great.
    I still think the original HomePods are great and will be glad if Apple reverses on the discontinuation. 

    Still, the idea of a home theater application combining four or more of the things just isn’t practical. That’s at least $1,200 for the four-way setup, more if you use more, and it’s probably a significant waste of computing power. Perhaps if they created add-on devices for the additional units that have the speakers and microphones, but that communicate with a single master device to handle most of the computational work, such a setup could be made more affordable and practical. 
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