Not all speakers on iOS and iPadOS devices reproduce Apple’s spatial audio sound, which is part of more and more songs on Apple Music. The group has now corrected a support document that initially stated more compatible hardware. It was initially said that all iPhones from the XR (without SE), the iPad from the 6th generation as well as the iPad Air from the 3rd generation and the iPad mini from the 5th generation are Dolby Atmos capable, various models have now been deleted .
Officially are now only iPhone XS or later (with the exception of the SE), the iPad Pro with 12.9 inches from the third generation, the iPad Pro with 11 inches and the iPad Air of the fourth generation can be used. As mentioned, all of this applies to playback via the respective integrated loudspeaker – excellent sound is not to be expected anyway due to the driver size. It makes more sense to use earphones or headphones. Even those that Apple does not officially designate as compatible work here.
So far “thousands of pieces”
Spatial Audio relies on Dolby Atmos. “Thousands of pieces” are currently available in the process from the Apple Music streaming service. There are both new albums that have already been mastered in Dolby Atmos, but also various older works. Their spatial audio variant differs significantly from the stereo original – some fans are not convinced, others find the new discovery exciting.
With the XR it should work anyway
It’s unclear why Apple dropped Spatial Audio support for the older iPhones and iPads. Some iPhone XR users also report that the function continues to work, despite Apple’s display, if Spatial Audio is switched on “automatically” in the system settings. With the iPad mini 5, the iPads from the 6th generation and the iPad Air 3, however, this does not help – the menu apparently does not even appear here.