As was predicted by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the latest iOS 16.1 beta, released today, gets rid of the Adaptive Transparency toggle that had been added for the original AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max in the prior beta.
Last week, AirPods Max and original AirPods Pro owners noticed an Adaptive Transparency setting shortly after upgrading to the latest iOS 16.1 and the AirPods beta firmware, this caused many of us to believe (and report) that Apple was expanding the feature to the original AirPods Pro or the AirPods Max.
First-generation AirPods Pro owners who have the AirPods 5A304A beta firmware saw an “Adaptive Transparency” toggle appear in the AirPods section of the Settings app.
Adaptive Transparency debuted with the release of AirPods Pro 2. The feature allows the AirPods Pro to block out loud sounds, such as sirens, construction work, or the loudspeakers at a concert without completely blocking out all noise.
Apple does not often bring new features like Adaptive Transparency to older devices, so it makes sense that it was added in error. Apple likely accidentally made the Adaptive Transparency setting visible for devices that do not actually support it.