Apple said to be working on HD audio playback for iOS 8, in-ear headphones and more

Apple said to be working on HD audio playback for iOS 8, in-ear headphones and more
A report out of Japan says that Apple is working on HD audio playback for iOS 8. This dovetails with speculation that Apple will introduce HD iTunes playback at WWDC next month. It also happens to coincide with talk that Apple will be offering in-ear headphones and a new Lightning cable. The earphones have not been updated since 2008, and still can be bought at any Apple Store for $79. The rumored acquisition of Beats Audio is merely a coincidence here, since Apple's main target is the streaming music service, Beats Music.

The current stock iOS 7 music app is limited as far as high-definition music playback is concerned. 24-bit tracks with a sample rate above 48Mhz will not play. Even third party apps that do offer HD audio are limited in iOS 7. The new HD iTunes will match up with the audio capabilities expected to be announced for iOS 8. And in order to make sure that the new HD audio will be supported on third party accessories, Apple is believed to be ready to unveil a new Lightning cable that will work on Made For iPhone (MFi) approved products.

All of the festivities will start on June 2nd when WWDC 2014 kicks off in San Francisco. Besides unveiling iOS 8, the new earphones and Lightning cable, Apple might show off new senior advisers, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. That is, assuming that the deal is announced before the conference opens.

source: Macotakara (translated) via MacRumors, BGR



1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Finally....... In-Ear Headphones... I am done with the Ear-Pod cr@p... The Worst piece of hardware...

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This news is actually really good news for the entire mobile market as there should be more consumer attention on audio quality, especially for headphones. Hopefully Samsung, LG, and others will finally start putting dedicated non-Qualcomm DACs and quality headphone amps into their phones.

3. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Ever heard of Wolfson on Exynos Samsung Galaxies?

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yes (and you know this from my other posts). I know Samsung doesn't use Qualcomm DACs on their non-Qualcomm devices. And I also know that Samsung could spend more effort on making their devices with the Wolfson DAC sound better with a wider range of headphones, i.e. include more capable headphone amps.

5. SyCo87

Posts: 325; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

HD audio huh....I think they mean 320 instead of 256.

6. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

lg samsung are already providing this ... copycat

7. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

I'd really like to know what they mean by HD audio. Are they talking better hardware which is completely meaningless if the majority are encoding to AAC/MP3 and other lossy formats?

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

"retina" display, "hd" audio, "electrical" image stabilization... What's next? "digital noise eradicator" mic? or they are going for "transparent" touch screen panel. Dont get me wrong they have their pros but they are also good at innovating by changing the name of current technology

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012


10. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

New Lightning cable? it better not have changed already... I can't do that mess

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