Apple has recently updated its support document for its audio devices. The company claims to have a major update for its audio gadgets in the future. Apple says that the new lossless audio support feature will be up for HomePod and HomePod Mini with an upcoming software update.
Apple has a range of audio gadgets such as AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, HomePod, and HomePod Mini. These audio gadgets do not come with Apple’s new lossless audio technology.
In a fresh statement, Apple has revealed more information about this new technology which is exclusively available for their audio gadgets. The statement revealed that the new lossless audio feature will be made available for HomePod and HomePod Mini with the new software update in the coming days.
Unfortunately, the statement didn’t reveal the exact release date of their new software update for HomePod and HomePod Mini. Furthermore, the company says, “HomePod and HomePod mini currently use AAC to ensure excellent audio quality. Support for lossless is coming in a future software update.”
Unlike the HomePod and HomePod Mini, Apple has Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max. These headphones also use the same AAC Bluetooth Codec to give unbeatable audio quality compared to other headphones from different manufacturers.
We all are aware of Apple’s Headphones that use Bluetooth connection to connect with your iPhone or any other Bluetooth supported devices. However, the lossless audio feature doesn’t support the Bluetooth connection. So if you are hoping to get the same lossless audio feature on your AirPods, AirPods Max, or AirPods Pro headphones, then there is no chance of receiving this feature on these audio gadgets.
Apple has clearly mentioned the lack of support of their new lossless audio feature for Bluetooth devices. This makes it clear that there will be no availability of this new feature for AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max.
AirPods Max, Apple’s over-the-ear headphones come with a dual connectivity feature. You can connect it via Bluetooth or can use the wired connection to connect it to other devices using the standard 3.5mm audio jack. Unfortunately, the AirPods Max will also not get this lossless audio feature anytime soon.
“AirPods Max can be connected to devices playing Lossless and Hi-Res Lossless recordings with exceptional audio quality. However, given the analog to digital conversion in the cable, the playback will not be completely lossless,” Apple says.
Apple is certainly not in a mood to disclose more about the compatibility of their new lossless feature on their over-the-ear headphones i.e. AirPods Max. The headphone jack adapter converts the lightning port to a 3.5mm standard port.
The digital to analog converter supports up to 24-bit/ 48 kHz lossless audio. The company has further said that they are not aware of the support for this feature. If we talk about the connection and availability of this feature on the headphones i.e. AirPods Max, then theoretically it should support this feature. However, if it does, then Apple would have mentioned it in their official statement.
About Apple’s Lossless Audio
Lossless Audio is a revolutionary feature invented by Apple for music lovers to have the best quality sound from their audio gadgets. The lossless audio feature is all set to hit the market in the coming June month. To have this feature enabled on your HomePod or HomePod Mini, you will be required to have the ALAC Codec of Apple. The ALAC Codes doesn’t support Bluetooth so there will be no availability of this feature for AirPods, AirPods Max, and AirPods Pro.
Furthermore, Apple to make this lossless audio feature available with their Apple Music service to Apple Music subscribers. Apple Music will offer up to 20 Million songs to its subscribers with lossless audio i.e. superior audio quality. Apple is planning to add more subscribers to its list. After the availability of this feature, the total number of subscribers would be 75 million.
If you are an active subscriber of Apple’s Music service and want to redownload your favorite tracks in lossless quality, then you are allowed to do so. Apple will allow its existing subscribers to redownload their favorite music tracks in lossless quality.