Some of the core excitement surrounding the Apple Music lossless has begun to wane, as it gradually emerges as most of the company’s flagship products and does not originally support the Hi-Res feature.
Some reports confirmed by Apple have indicated that any AirPods device, even the more expensive AirPods Pro and Over-Year AirPods Max, will not support CD-quality audio due to incompatible Bluetooth codec. Likewise with HomePod speakers.
If you connect the cable to AirPods Max, you still won’t get the actual lossless audio because of the way the files are encoded. A report from The ledge Reported that playing a track on AirPods Max on an iPhone with a 3.5mm jack (as well as a Lightning dongle) required converting the file to analog and then digitizing again at 48Hz. This may sound good, but Apple cannot officially call it “lossless”.
Even the latest iPhones will not support full high-res lossless files, which basically means that users will need an iPhone / Mac with digital to analog converter and admittedly get the best of the free upgrades Will have to use some good wired headphones.
So what is the solution? OK, it may be that the next generation of Apple hardware will be the first to fully support the new standards, as will anyone who forked over £ 549 for the new AirPods Max over-ear headphones Have done
We expect AirPods 3 or AirPods Pro 2 (whatever they are saying at the end) to find a way to support lossless audio over a wireless connection, which will probably require some proprietary connectivity technology from Apple. If Apple adds new over-ear headphones from Beats or next-gen AirPods Max, we expect it to support wireless lossless as well.
Is it possible that the iPhone 13 supports a high-end audio codec or internal technology that negates the need for additional DAC? Will Apple promote HomePod next year to ensure that happens? Again, this is not very good news for those who have already invested in technology that should be in previous years, but will certainly do so if Apple enables users to get the most out of the new streaming technology is.