iOS 16.1 Beta 3 Adds Adaptive Transparency Support To The OG AirPods Pro

Apple’s latest iOS 16.1 beta, the third to be made available to developers as well as public beta testers, brings the AirPods Pro 2’s Adaptive Transparency feature to the original AirPods Pro for the first time.

It was thought that the Adaptive Transparency feature would only be available to those who bought the latest AirPods Pro 2, with Apple giving that impression when the new earbuds were first announced.

Now one Reddit user has noted that the 5A304A beta release includes support for bringing the feature to older AirPods Pro, too.

Apple says that the feature is designed to dynamically adjust Transparency mode to block louder noise while still allowing other sounds to be heard. It was assumed that the H2 chip, which debuted in the new AirPods Pro 2, would be required in order to handle the processing needed to make Adaptive Transparency work. Now, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

However, it’s possible that Apple could remove the feature from the original AirPods Pro before iOS 16.1 ships to the public.

This is a beta after all, and we will need to wait for Apple to release the iOS 16.1 update to know for sure whether this new Adaptive Transparency feature is indeed coming to the original AirPods Pro earbuds, or not.

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