Apple says the HomePod and HomePod mini will be able to play lossless audio thanks to a future software update. Apple did not give a timeline for when the software update will be released for the smart speakers but it is expected to be around the corner since lossless audio comes to Apple Music in June.
Lossless audio is also coming to Apple TV 4K with tvOS 11.4 software update. However, the TV will only support the 48kHz when connected to an external receiver but it won’t be able to deliver Hi-Res Lossless.
Apple says its Lightning 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter can be used to listen to lossless audio. The adapter contains a digital-to-analogue converter that supports up to 24-bit/48kHz lossless audio. The limitations on the AirPods Max with the Lightning 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter however remains because it was designed to connect to analogue sources for music and movies. Even though the 3.5mm adapter converts analogue to digital, the AirPods Max still won’t be able to transmit lossless audio.
Contents such as music videos, broadcast radio, live radio and on-demand content from Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music Country will not be available on lossless audio.