HomePod gaining Dolby Atmos audio support for Apple TV in future OS update

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An upcoming software update will allow the HomePod to output Doly Atmos audio from the Apple TV, as well as 5.1 and 7.1 audio channels, Apple has confirmed to The Verge.

This follows a new feature in tvOS 14.2 beta 3 that allows customers of the 4K Apple TV to make their Homepod the Apple TV’s default speaker. The change means that customers will not have to constantly select their HomePod as the default speaker within the Apple TV settings menu.

As per Apple’s website, the HomePod is also gaining a new feature to create a virtual surround sound experience. In specific, the feature will use spatial awareness with Apple TV to create an immersive experience for users. Unfortunately, however, the new feature is only available on the HomePod and not the HomePod mini.

In a related matter, Final Cut Pro X will gain support for editing Dolby Vision footage in an update later this year according to Apple. As per Apple’s press release for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:

iPhone 12 Pro models offer the highest quality video in a smartphone, and are the first cameras and only devices in the world to enable an end-to-end experience for HDR video with Dolby Vision, up to 60 fps, and even better video stabilization for cinema-grade productions. Dolby Vision grading is processed live and sustained during editing, whether in the Photos app or iMovie, and coming to Final Cut Pro X later this year. Dolby Vision takes advantage of the Super Retina XDR display for amazing contrast during capture and video playback, and users can share their videos with support for AirPlay up to 4K Dolby Vision to external devices

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