According to the latest Apple support documents released by Apple, HomePod and HomePod mini will receive support for playing Apple Music lossless audio in future software updates.
Initially, HomePod and HomePod mini will not support Apple Music lossless audio, only Dolby Atmos of Apple Music . Dolby Atmos, also known as spatial audio, can create an immersive three-dimensional experience that simulates the music around the listener. The lossless version of Apple Music will provide listeners with higher quality audio.
In June, Apple will provide Apple Music users with “standard” Apple Music lossless audio with audio up to 48kHz and “Hi-Res lossless audio” with audio between 48kHz and 192kHz. Listening to Hi-Res lossless audio requires external equipment, such as a USB digital-to-analog converter.
Although HomePod and HomePod mini will support the lossless version of Apple Music in future software updates, AirPods and AirPods Pro will not be supported . In the supporting document, Apple explained that the current Bluetooth does not support the higher-quality formats provided by the lossless version of Apple Music . In addition, AirPods Max will not support wireless lossless audio. However, Apple said that if a cable is used, this headset will support the playback of lossless audio.
The Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable is designed to connect AirPods Max to analog signal sources. AirPods Max can be connected to devices that play lossless audio and Hi-Res lossless audio recordings, with extraordinary audio quality. However, given the analog-to-digital conversion in the cable, playback will not be completely lossless.
Naijatechnews learned that Apple Music lossless audio and Dolby Atmos will be launched in June, with more than 20 million tracks supporting lossless audio and thousands of tracks supporting Dolby Atmos.