Lossless Apple Music needs iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, and tvOS 14.6

Apple Music on iPhone X
Apple Music on iPhone X (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has confirmed that the hot new Apple Music features will need the very latest software updates.
  • iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, and tvOS 14.6 are needed.

Apple announced lossless Apple Music with support for Dolby Atmos earlier today and it has now confirmed that you'll also need the very latest software updates to take it all in.

Hidden at the bottom of the refreshed Apple Music website, Apple confirms that its latest software is needed to be able to take advantage of both lossless audio and Dolby Atmos.


All Apple Music subscribers using the latest version of Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV can listen to thousands of Dolby Atmos music tracks using any headphones.


You can listen to lossless audio using the latest Apple Music app on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.

Even further down the page, apple notes that the features are "available in iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, or tvOS 14.6 or later."

Those software updates are now in beta form and will need to be released before Apple's target of "June 2021" for the new Apple Music features. Time to get a wriggle on!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.