After launching the Apple Music streaming service earlier this year, Apple seems to be prepping to add support for High-Res audio streaming. Citing multiple sources, a report from Japanese site Macotakara suggests that Apple could bring 96kHz / 24-bit music streaming via headphones featuring Lightning connectors. Also Read - Apple's November launch event delayed to 2022: ReportAlso Read - iPhone SE 3 likely to bring some interesting specs at a budget, release timeline out
Last year, Apple announced audio specification for its new Lightning connector and soon headphone manufacturers such as JBL and Philips among others have started working on their Lightning-equipped headphones. Also Read - Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed until end of 2022 : Report
We recently came across rumors stating that Apple s next iPhone might do away with the 3.5-mm audio jack; instead a thinner Lightning port could serve as an audio output port. This would not only eliminate the need of having a physical plug that eats up space, but also help Apple to differentiate its iPhones that support High-quality audio playback.
If we look at the current analog headphone jack, it is capable of delivering CD-quality sound. However, with digital signals over Lightning port, headphone manufacturers can make use of higher-quality 24-bit DAC (digital-analog conversion) to deliver studio quality audio experience.
To recap, Apple Music was launched in India along with iOS 9. With over 30 million songs, including Bollywood and regional songs, the service costs Rs 120 per month for individual accounts, and Rs 190 per month for a family account (for up to six members).