Bell’s Crave App Now Supports Apple’s Spatial Audio [Update]

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Bell Media recently updated its Crave app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV to bring support for Apple’s Spatial Audio feature, which essentially is surround sound.

“Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking brings theater-like sound from the movie or video you’re watching, so that sound seems like it’s coming from all around you,” explains Apple on the feature.

According to Crave, Spatial Audio support arrives for “available content”. So if you’re watching a movie with the following Apple earphones, headphones and Apple devices, you can get Spatial Audio:

  • AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd generation), or Beats Fit Pro
  • iPhone 7 or later or one of these iPad models:
  • iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation) and later
  • iPad Pro 11‑inch
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) and later
  • iPad (6th generation) and later
  • iPad mini (5th generation) and later
  • iOS or iPadOS 14 or later
  • Apple TV 4K with tvOS 15
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2021
  • Audiovisual content from a supported app

After watching some Crave content yesterday with AirPods Max on an Apple TV 4K, it appeared Spatial Audio was working fine. We’ve reached out to Bell Media for more details on the latest update.

Other streaming services such as Disney+ and Netflix also support Apple’s Spatial Audio.

Also new in this Crave app update is the availability of described video on select content, while there is also now improved VoiceOver support for video playback.

Click here to download Crave for iOS in the App Store. Click here to see what’s new on Crave for March 2022.

Update March 15, 2022: Bell Media confirmed with iPhone in Canada the Spatial Audio feature is live on iOS, available on some high-profile titles such as Kimi, Free Guy, F9: The Fast Saga, and the upcoming Dune.