What you need to know
- Apple announced free lossless audio is coming to Apple Music earlier this week.
- Currently, Apple's wireless Bluetooth products can't support the format.
- Apple has now confirmed that a software update is coming that will allow lossless audio playback on the HomePod and HomePod mini.
A new support document (opens in new tab) from Apple states
Apple released a support page for lossless on Apple Music that answers a number of questions https://t.co/yAAjYOBAvn pic.twitter.com/c4TsXbQAXmApple released a support page for lossless on Apple Music that answers a number of questions https://t.co/yAAjYOBAvn pic.twitter.com/c4TsXbQAXm— Micah Singleton (@MicahSingleton) May 22, 2021May 22, 2021
The news will be music to the ears (sorry) of HomePod and HomePod mini owners who will indeed get the chance to enjoy Apple's new lossless audio format in the future.
Apple announced lossless audio and Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio for Apple Music earlier this week, from that report:
Whilst Bluetooth connectivity does not currently support full lossless audio, rumors this week from Apple leaker Jon Prosser indicate a future update for AirPods could indeed enable wireless lossless audio. With Apple now confirming this for HomePod, the prospect seems all the more likely for products like the AirPods Max and AirPods Pro too.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
Nice, but, as far as lossless goes, we won’t be able tell the difference…unless you’re one of those placebo prone vinyl fanatics. 😉
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