The virtual acoustic system that Apple envisions would immerse people in sound, whether they’re streaming a sporting event or a movie and add to “the feeling of ‘being there,'” according to the patent. It would send noise out at different angles, aiming the audio at specific parts of a room, to create the illusion that the sound isn’t coming from the laptop.
“Given how much people have been talking about the superb sound of the new MacBook it is clear that sound is a focus for Apple,” said Carolina Milanesi, a tech analyst at research firm Creative Strategies. “If you think about the push into content this makes perfect sense: offering the best possible experience for people consuming Apple TV+ content on their Mac.”
Apple does caveat in the patent that in virtual acoustic simulations, there’s “always some imperfection or error” that makes the listener notice the sound is actually coming from the laptop. The sound would be, after all, still coming from the MacBook. The tech giant said it could fix this by exaggerating the reverberation and other settings.