Netflix adding spatial audio support for iPhone, iPad

Netflix's spatial audio will only work with select compatible devices.
Netflix's spatial audio will only work with select compatible devices. Photo credit: Apple/supplied

Watching movies and TV shows on Netflix is about to become more immersive for viewers with Apple's AirPods Pro or AirPods Max headphones.

The streaming service is rolling out spatial audio support on iPhone and iPad devices for customers with capable headphones and the latest operating system.

Netflix hasn't publicly announced the upgrade, but has confirmed it to 9to5Mac it's being rolled out on iOS 14.

Spatial audio is an advanced type of surround sound that uses head-tracking technology to create a more immersive experience.

Using the gyroscopes and accelerometers in the devices, spatial audio monitors the position of your head as well as your iPad or iPhone and remaps the sound field of what you're watching or listening to accordingly.

The Apple NZ website says it "brings theater-like sound that surrounds you from the movie or video you're watching, so that it seems as if the sound is coming from all around you. The sound field stays mapped to the device, and the voice stays with the actor or action on screen."

Netflix Australia/New Zealand has been approached for comment on local availability as users on Reddit report already being able to use the feature.

If you own a pair of AirPods Pro or AirPods Max and a Netflix subscription, make sure your device's operating system and the Netflix app are both updated to the most recent version available, if you're keen to check it out.

Spatial audio support is already offered by Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus.

It was also introduced to select tracks with Dolby Atmos for Apple Music subscribers earlier this year.

The technology appears to be a big part of Apple's future entertainment plans, too. Later this year it'll be added to macOS and tvOS.

Then with the release of iOS 15, a new 'Spatialize Stereo' option will reportedly be introduced, which is said to simulate the spatial audio experience for non-Dolby Atmos content.