Apple is adding adaptive audio to AirPods Pro
CUPERTINO, Calif.--At WWDC 2023 today, Apple announced that it will be adding adaptive audio, combining active noise cancellation and transparency modes based on the noises in the wearer's environment, to the second-generation AirPods Pro. This and a couple of other machine learning-based features are coming this fall via a software update.Apple touted the upcoming Adaptive Audio update as a way to use AirPods Pro with fewer distractions. It uses machine learning so it can detect noises you want to block out, like cars honking, but not the ones you want to hear, like someone speaking to you.Apple will also add what it's calling Personalized Volume, which allows AirPods Pro to make automatic volume adjustments based on how you use the device and "environmental conditions," Apple said.The second-gen AirPods Pro will also soon be able to detect when you have started speaking and automatically reduce the earbuds' volume while boosting the volume of background noise and increasing the volume of the voice of the person in front of you. Competitors' products have had similar functionality for some time.