Apple might not let Spotify HiFi remain unanswered. Detectors 9to5Mac to have discovered IOS 14.6 beta 1 code mentioning “lossless” audio in the Music app, suggesting that a high quality option may come to Apple Music. It even refers to Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio, although it’s not clear if the most immersive sound would be available through Apple’s service.
The discovery came soon after Daily Double Clicks floated an unconfirmed rumor that Apple is planning “high fidelity” service in the coming weeks. It would cost the same $ 10 per month (which makes it more of an upgrade than a new level) and is supposed to be launched alongside Third generation AirPods.
We wouldn’t expect a short-term launch, assuming there is one. Apple has already removed the code from iOS 14.6 beta 2, suggesting that it was included prematurely, that the company didn’t want to mess up its plans, or that it had doubts about the service.
If high-quality streaming came with iOS 14.6, it could be a coup for Apple. Spotify HiFi is only expected to reach some countries sometime in 2021. Apple could lead its rival by several weeks and even unique competitors that have long offered lossless audio, including Tide. The pristine sound could also be a selling point for AirPods Max – we lamented the lack of high-resolution service support in our review, and lossless Apple Music might better justify the high-end headphones.
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