Apple is engaged on including Dolby Atmos help to HomePod, which is able to work along with Apple TV 4K fashions. This function, accessible in a future software program replace, will enable customers to create a house cinema expertise with the mixture, and together with Dolby Atmos, help 5.1 and seven.1 channel audio output.
As famous by The Verge, the function will solely work with HomePod, the dearer mannequin, however not with the lately introduced HomePod mini. HomePod mini lacks the spatial consciousness smarts that its bigger sibling options.
The audio output function will work with tvOS 14.2 when it is launched to most people. It should enable Apple TV to arrange HomePod as their default audio output, whether or not it is a single HomePod or a pair in stereo mode. Upcoming Dolby Atmos and multi-channel output can be constructed upon this function.
HomePod mini can even work as default audio output from Apple TV, even in stereo pairs, nonetheless, it won’t get help for the house cinema function. Apple additionally doesn’t help pairing HomePod mini with a HomePod, so there can be no help to combine and match, or set them up as satellite tv for pc audio system for an entire dwelling cinema expertise.
That is nice information for Apple TV customers who use it as their major gadget for watching content material and personal a HomePod or two. Nonetheless, for individuals who have extra than simply Apple TV as their gadget for media consumption, it will restrict how their audio setup will be utilized. At the moment, how Apple TV works, it is going to solely enable for content material that’s streamed by it, resembling Apple TV+ or iTunes films, to make the most of Dolby Atmos output. Another gadget resembling a PlayStation, Xbox, or DVD participant won’t have entry to this dwelling cinema. Whether or not Apple will enable its dwelling cinema to be entry by different gadgets sooner or later is but to be seen.