After the third beta version of iOS 16.1 arrived last week, 1st generation AirPods Pro users got a big surprise: Adaptive Transparency, one of the excellent new features announced with the 2nd generation AirPods Pro, was also added for the older model. Now it seems like that’s not really happening.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the addition of the Adaptive Transparency switch in the iOS 16.1 beta is “a bug” and will presumably be removed before release. As it stands, Adaptive Transparency is only available on the new AirPods Pro, not the 1st-gen model or AirPods Max, both of which have a default transparency mode.
While Transparency mode allows users to hear outside sounds while wearing their earbuds, Adaptive Transparency is a new feature for the second-generation AirPods Pro that allows you to hear your surroundings while reducing the volume of any sound above 85dB. Apple says the feature uses on-device processing that relies on the “powerful H2 chip … which reduces loud ambient noise — such as a passing vehicle siren, construction equipment, or even speakers at a concert — for more comfortable everyday listening.”
You can read our review of the 2nd gen AirPods Pro for detailed impressions and testing, but it seems that original AirPods Pro owners have another reason to upgrade.