Apple is laying the groundwork for adding HiFi support to Apple Music, which will give Apple Music members and owners of compatible devices such as certain AirPods access to high-fidelity audio streaming based on the code within the iOS 14.6 beta discovered by MacRumors.
Earlier today, it was reported that Apple would announce a new $ 9.99 per month Apple Music class that offers HiFi music streaming in the coming weeks. Now, the first iOS 14.6 internal beta code discovered by MacRumors Supporter Steve Moser confirmed that Apple is exploring this option and preparing for a possible launch.
Within the code for the first beta of an upcoming update find references to “Lossless Audio”, “High-Quality Stereo Streaming” and “HiFi” are included in the Apple Music app. The accompanying code within the beta shows that HiFi streaming can be limited to certain AirPods. AirPods Pro, AirPods Max and later
It is assumed that HiFi is supported for customers without AirPods, although it is unknown whether Apple will have some hardware requirements for speakers, headphones, etc. to support Apple Music streaming HiFi.
Words such as “Route Incompatible” and “Route Unknown Compatibility” show that Spatial Audio is limited to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. Hifi streaming Apple Music may be exclusive to certain AirPods and other compatible devices.
Additional code inside the beta shows that Apple can include a dynamic method for Apple Music to switch between standard, compression, and high-fidelity audio streaming on the iPhone 12 with 5G. Apple has a “smart data mode”. This will automatically switch between 5G and 4G / LTE connections depending on the user’s current needs, connection strength and battery life.
According to the code inside the beta, Apple may take a similar approach to supporting HiFi on Apple Music, providing users with high fidelity audio streams when their bandwidth is available or based on other factors such as user traffic.
Spotify has announced plans to include support for HiFi for subscribers this year. But a specific date hasn’t been announced yet.It is reported that Apple is preparing to announce a new HiFi level in the coming weeks, alongside the release of the new third-generation AirPods. The new levels are priced equal to the current individual Apple Music level.
Based on evidence that HiFi Apple Music support can be limited to newer AirPods models, Apple may offer a separate level of HiFi that is more expensive to AirPods owners that are compatible. Therefore, customers with older AirPods will be able to maintain their existing Apple Music subscription without HiFi support.
At last year’s WWDC event, Apple announced automatic switching for AirPods and Spatial Audio for AirPods Pro and newer AirPod products.With WWDC 2021 just weeks away, Apple was able to announce a new Apple Music level at this event by marketing it. As an optional feature for the third generation AirPods
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously reported that the new AirPods would go into mass production in the third quarter of this year.