There are reports that we may see AirPods 3 on May 18, the same day that Google launches I / O. Now there is new evidence that Apple Music HiFi is about to launch, which will go well with the launch of new wireless headphones.
9to5Google made the APK interrupt Apple Music for Android and found links to the introduction of lossless audio. The new feature will join the current options, which include “higher quality audio” and “reduced data usage”. In addition to Android, Apple Music HiFi is expected to be available for iOS, probably in iOS 14.6.
Apparently Apple includes a warning for anyone who decides to stream Apple Music HiFi:
Lossless audio files preserve every detail of the original file. Including this will take significantly more data.
Lossless audio files will use significantly more space on your device. 10 GB space can store approximately: – 3000 songs with high quality – 1000 songs with no losses – 200 songs with high resolution without losses
Lossless streaming will consume significantly more data. A 3-minute song will be approximately: – 1.5 MB high efficiency – 6 MB high quality at 256 kbps – 36 MB lossless at 24 bits / 48 kHz – 145 MB high resolution lossless at 24 bits / 192 kHz Support varies depending on song availability, network conditions, and connected speakers or headphone capabilities.
9to5Google points out that in a recent beta version of iOS 14.6, there were references to Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio, but the Android app only mentions lossless audio, “no signs of Dolby integration.”
“In particular, Apple Music for Android will offer two varieties of high-quality audio streaming / download,” Lossless “and” High-Res Lossless “. 9to5Google said.
The code found in the Android app reveals the two choices for lossless playback:
ALAC up to 24 bits / 48 kHz
No high resolution losses
ALAC up to 24 bits / 192 kHz
If true, Apple Music will eventually match what is available in services like Tidal and Amazon Music HD; Spotify also plans to introduce a Hifi plan later this year. If Apple Music HiFi becomes available, it will pair well with its AirPods Max (and the aforementioned AirPods 3).
In addition, a post on Reddit reveals that Apple Music is receiving animated covers on Android – at least in beta. When you click on a playlist or artist, users will now see a more dynamic album art, which is played as a GIF. This is not a major addition to the service, but it makes it feel a little more premium.
Of course, none of these characteristics has been confirmed, but evidence of their existence continues to be collected. We may see a press release as early as May 18, so it may not be long before we find out more.