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Apr 12, 2001

Last week, Apple's third iOS 16.1 beta expanded the Adaptive Transparency feature introduced with the second-generation AirPods Pro to the original AirPods Pro, and several users have now confirmed it works on AirPods Max, too.


Owners of Apple's premium over-ear headphones running the latest 5A304a firmware have reported access to the new Adaptive Transparency toggle in the AirPods Max section of the Settings app in both iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 betas.

Unveiled with the debut of AirPods Pro 2, Adaptive Transparency is designed to allow the AirPods to block out loud sounds, such loud speakers at a concert, sirens, construction work, without blocking out all noise.

The feature is confirmed to be working on AirPods Max, even though the description beneath the toggle in Settings still only refers to AirPods Pro, so Apple still needs to update the menu. We're still waiting for confirmation that the feature also works on Beats Fit Pro, which like first-generation AirPods Pro include Apple's H1 chip.

(Thanks, Grady!)

Article Link: Adaptive Transparency Feature Works for AirPods Max Users in iOS 16.1 Beta
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macrumors 68000
Oct 13, 2021
Was it just me or did Apple act like only the new APP could do this? They didn’t outright say others would be supported.
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macrumors newbie
Jan 13, 2022
Feels for me like after the Stage manager discussion they changed the mind a little bit.
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macrumors regular
Dec 13, 2021
I see these on sale often for $429, which is not *quite* low enough to pull the trigger.

I'm sure when they announce the second edition, I might be able to snag the original version for $350 if I'm lucky.


macrumors 601
Aug 20, 2015
I use them every day and I love them. The sound quality is unmatched IMO
Had mine since they came out. Between work Zoom meetings (which they're great for) and watching TV at night with Apple TV, they're probably on my head 6+ hours a day. One of the best tech purchases I've ever made.

The only thing on my wishlist: side tone for use on calls. As it is it's hard to do calls in noise cancellation mode because you can't hear your own voice at all which is jarring -- so you have to do calls in transparency mode unless you want to feel like there's a pillow over your head. Some headsets will optionally pipe though some of your own voice, which lets you use noise cancellation.
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macrumors newbie
Dec 13, 2021
The ANC continues to be an issue for the Airpods Max. It's as if Apple makes the ANC bad so when the new version comes out, they can say it's 2X better than the original.
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