Apple is laying the groundwork for adding HiFi support to Apple Music, which will offer Apple Music subscribers and owners of compatible devices, such as some AirPods, access to high-precision audio streaming, according to iOS 14.6 beta, discovered by MacRumors.
Earlier today, a report said Apple would announce a new level of $ 9.99 a month for Apple Music, which offers streaming of HiFi music in the coming weeks. Now code in the first beta version of iOS 14.6, discovered by MacRumors Associate Steve Moser confirms that Apple is exploring the option and preparing for a possible version.
Within the code for the first beta version of the upcoming update, links to “lossless audio”, “high quality stereo streaming” and “HiFi” can be found in the “Apple Music” application. The accompanying code in the beta version suggests that HiFi streaming may be limited to certain “AirPods” such as AirPods Pro, AirPods Max and newer.
It is assumed that HiFi support will also be available to customers without “AirPods”, although it is not known whether Apple will have certain hardware requirements for speakers, headphones, etc. to support HiFi “Apple Music” streaming.
Words like “Route Incompatible” and “Route Unknown Compatibility” suggest that, just as spatial audio is limited to streaming “AirPods Pro” and “AirPods Max”, HiFi “Apple Music” may be exclusive to some generations. AirPods and other compatible devices.
The additional code in the beta version suggests that Apple may include a dynamic way for Apple Music to switch between standard, compressed audio streaming and high-precision streaming. Apple’s iPhone 5 with 5G has Smart Data Mode, which automatically switches between a 5G and 4G / LTE connection depending on the user’s current needs, connection strength and battery life.
According to the code in the beta version, Apple can take a similar approach with HiFi support for Apple Music, offering users high-quality audio streaming when there is enough bandwidth or depending on other factors, such as data consumption. consumer.
Spotify has announced plans to include HiFi support for subscribers sometime this year, but has not yet announced a specific date. Apple is reportedly preparing to announce the new HiFi level in a few weeks with the release of the new third generation AirPods. It is reported that the new level will cost the same as the current separate level “Apple Music”.
Given the evidence that support for Apple Music HiFi can only be limited to newer AirPods, Apple may offer HiFi as a separate, more expensive layer for owners of compatible AirPods. This way, customers with older AirPods will be able to keep their existing Apple Music subscription without HiFi support.
At WWDC last year, Apple announced automatic switching for AirPods and Spatial Audio for AirPods Pro and newer AirPod products. As WWDC 2021 is only weeks away, Apple may announce the new level of “Apple Music” at the event, offering them on the market as an additional feature for the third generation “AirPods”.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously announced that the new AirPods will go into mass production in the third quarter of the year.