Latest iOS 16.1 Beta Removes Adaptive Transparency Toggle for Original AirPods Pro, Confirming Bug

The iOS 16.1 beta that was released to developers today removes the erroneous Adaptive Transparency toggle that was added for the original AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max in the prior beta.

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After updating last week, ‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌AirPods Max‌ owners running the AirPods firmware beta found an "Adaptive Transparency" toggle in the AirPods settings, and it was initially assumed that Apple had brought the Adaptive Transparency feature of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 to older AirPods models.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman yesterday said that the Adaptive Transparency option was actually a bug, which Apple has now confirmed by removing the setting in the current beta. It was decidedly curious that Apple opted to bring a major ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 feature to the original ‌AirPods Pro‌, so it makes sense that it was a mistake and that the setting was accidentally made visible on devices that do not support it.

Adaptive Transparency is an ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2-exclusive feature that is enabled by the new H2 chip in the device. It is designed to allow the ‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌ to quiet loud sounds, such as sirens, construction work, or loud speakers at a concert without blocking out all noise.

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Top Rated Comments

ProfessionalFan Avatar
19 months ago

Just out of interest, did the toggle actually do anything? Or was it just a UI bug?
UI bug, it did not change or add any feature on the actual product.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
19 months ago
Just out of interest, did the toggle actually do anything? Or was it just a UI bug?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Paradoxally Avatar
19 months ago
There is no sinister work at play here.

The H2 is the only chip capable of Adaptive Transparency due to its high sampling rate.

So indeed, it was a bug.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
19 months ago

There is no sinister work at play here.
Yep, I swear EVERY little thing is called out as a conspiracy here by someone. Even this.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
19 months ago

That's one reason I try to eat alone as often as possible.
Are you doing that intentionally, or is there a conspiracy to keep people from eating with you? ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
19 months ago

“Bug” ?
What would it be otherwise? Of course it was a bug.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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