iOS 15 is here. Unlike other years, Apple Music hasn’t received a redesign or a handful of new tweaks to its app with this new version of the iPhone operating system. However, Apple is creating a wider integration with the Music app on iOS 15. Here’s what’s new.
Apple didn’t wait until iOS 15 to introduce Lossless and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support from Apple Music. Instead, these features were released to everyone on the same day as the WWDC 2021 keynote with iOS 14.6.
One of the few differences for iOS 15 users is that non-Dolby Atmos songs receive a new option called “Spatialize Stereo”, which simulates Spatial Audio. It will only be available to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max users, and you need to manually choose this setting in Control Center, by long pressing the AirPods audio tab, and then selecting “Spatialize Stereo.”
Apart from that, Apple Music is increasingly integrated with the iOS 15 system, including deeper integration with Messages, FaceTime calls, and the Photos app. Here is everything that is new:
Shared with you: In the “Listen Now” tab on Apple Music, there is a new “Shared with you” section. This is where you will find the music shared by friends from the Messages app on iOS 15. It will also work on Safari, Podcasts, and the Apple TV app, for example.
Souvenirs in photos: Apple Music subscribers can add any of the 70 million songs in the library to enjoy on their devices while creating new memories. This feature of the Photo app also combines personalized song suggestions with your tasted music and what’s in your photos and videos. Song Suggestions can even recommend songs that were popular at the time and location of the memento, songs you listened to while traveling, or a song by the artist that you saw for a concert memento.
Siri Share: Share onscreen items like Apple Music content. Just say “Send this to Vivek” and Siri will send it. If the item can’t be shared, Siri will offer to send a screenshot instead.
Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking: Listeners with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max can now have an even more immersive Dolby Atmos music experience with Apple’s dynamic head tracking.
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