Apple Music to stream Hi-Res Audio next year?
If, as rumored, Apple eliminates the jack on the next iteration of the iPhone to make it water resistant and thinner, audio could benefit greatly. Apple is expected to route digital audio through the Lightning port, allowing listeners using headsets or earphones to enjoy studio-quality music, along with potentially richer controls over audio accessories' functions. The audio will stream up to 96kHz/24bit.
Apple is hoping that offering Hi-Res Audio for Apple Music will lead to increased sales of the Apple iPhone. Promoting the ability to stream studio quality through Apple Music could give the iPhone and Apple Music an advantage over the competition. The change to Hi-Res Audio is rumored to take place sometime next year, which dovetails perfectly with reports that the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus will be the first iPhone models to go without a 3.5mm earphone jack.
source: Macotakara via AppleInsider