Apple has just announced a major car upgrade with Mercedes, but it isn't what you'd expect

Apple has just announced a major car upgrade with Mercedes, but it isn't what you'd expect ...

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From the rumorous Apple Car, to the incoming upgraded Apple CarPlay system, there''s been a lot of discussion about Apple and cars, but that''s not exactly what this in-car first is.

Apple Music has partnered with Mercedes-Benz to bring native Spatial Audio into its automobiles, making Mercedes "become [the] first non-Apple devices to offer Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos from Apple Music natively." What is the difference between those two options for an audio upgrade?

Not that Dolby Atmos is in luxury automobiles, but the Lucid Air was the first to hit that check box, while the Mercedes-Maybach was joined by the party following its release earlier this summer.

The Spatial Audio with a Dolby Atmos upgrade will be available for Mercedes'' S-Class (2021 onwards), EQE, EQE SUV, EQS, and EQS SUV from 17 October 2022 for new purchases (or later, via an over-the-air update, if you''re already in possession of one of those vehicles) for Apple Music subscribers.

Which music is available in Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos on Apple Music? Handily, Apple has a full playlist on its official website (opens in a new tab), so you may take a peek through which albums have been mixed in the fully immersive surround format for your listening pleasure.

Mercedes is eager to provide the best way to listen to such information, including its Burmester soundsystem offerings, that have the potential to really outperform the audio goods. At the top-end of the spectrum is a ''4D'' system that includes 31 speakers and 1750 watts of total power. Wowzers.

Yes, it''s not an Apple Car, but rather, right now Mercedes is the first in line for this audio upgrade to its in-car systems, thanks to Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos on Apple Music, which is about as close as you''ll get...