Apple’s promised Conversation Boost feature that uses AirPods Pro to make it easier to hear people’s voices is available now (via Macrumors). Support for the new feature was included as part of the same update that made it easier to find AirPods Pro and AirPods Max using Find My App.
Conversation Boost is included as a custom transparency mode in Apple’s headphone accommodations. When the feature is activated, the beam-forming microphones on the AirPods Pro try to isolate voices over any background noise and other conversations. There is also access to the sliders to change the gain, transparency and tone of what you hear.
You can enable the feature for yourself using the following steps:
- Open Settings and tap Availability.
- Touch Audio / Visual under the Hearing section.
- Turn on headphone accommodation.
- Touch transparency mode and turn it on.
- Scroll down to Conversation Boost and turn it on.
Conversation Boost requires AirPods Pro to run firmware “4A400.” Unfortunately, there is still no manual way to force an update of your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, but you can check if you are already running the new firmware in the Settings app:
- Tap General, then tap About.
- Find and tap the AirPods connected to your device.
- Check the firmware number next to the field labeled firmware version.
Conversation Boost is just the latest accessibility feature Apple has added to its devices in the last year. Earlier in May, the company unveiled a host of new updates, including Apple Watch’s ability to accept muscle movements as an input method and support for third-party eye-tracking devices on the iPad.