AirPods users just got a huge free upgrade

Hear only what you want to hear

WWDC 2023
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The Apple AirPods are already some of the best wireless earbuds out there but WWDC has just revealed an upgrade that could set them apart. 

The noise cancelling is one of the standout features of the AirPods Pro but there is always room for progress. WWDC showed a brand new 'Adaptive Audio' setting that will adjust the level of ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) as you need it. It will include a 'Conversation Awareness' feature that can detect speech and adjust music volume accordingly. This is a feature found on other wireless earbuds but it's good to see Apple joining the game. 

Another feature coming to the AirPods is the ability to use machine learning to find the right volume for you. The Airpods will scan the environment and determine the optimum level of ANC and sound transparency needed in that space. 

Apple WWDC 2023 live keynote event

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Noise cancellation when making calls with your AirPods also has been improved with Apple demoing a marching band playing right next to one caller who could barely be heard on the other end. Apple also teased improvements to the speed with which AirPods can switch between different devices. 

According to Apple, we can expect these features to come to our ears when iOS 17 launches later this year. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.