To get to the users’ good books in terms of audio aspects, Apple has announced two completely new features. The features will be available from June. The features are that the company will be providing lossless audio and spatial audio with Dolby Atmos to its users. What is surprising here is that Apple’s best and most popular headphones won’t be supporting this feature.
In fact, none of Apple’s audio devices would be supporting this feature. The devices include AirPods, AirPods Max, and AirPods Pro. But why is this happening? This is because the hardware of the Apple audio devices cannot receive the high quality of lossless audio.
Lossless audio picks up even the minutest sound that is around when audio is being recorded during production. These details make the file size large. The quality of these files ranges from 16-bit 44.1 kHz playback to 24-bit 48 kHz playback. On the contrary, Hi-Res Lossless gives 24-bit 192 kHz quality.
As per information from T3, Apple has said that the Apple audio devices won’t support the ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) files. The reason for this the Apple AirPods are connected via Bluetooth to the Apple devices. Due to this connectivity, the full quality of the lossless files cannot be transferred.
Apple further says that these files will thus need wired hardware such as an external DAC to work on the iPhones. Thus, AirPods Max won’t support lossless audio files even if the lightning cable is used.
When Apple had announced the lossless audio feature, they hadn’t mentioned that they won’t be compatible with the AirPods. All they said was that this feature would work on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. The report from T3 has now confirmed that this feature will be working on the Apple HomePod too.
However, one thing to be kept in mind here is that though the AirPods, AirPods max, and AirPods Pro does not support the lossless audio feature, they support the Spatial Audio feature pretty well. Also, every headphone can support this feature using an H1 or W1 chip.