Alongside the possibility of Healthbook and some multitasking improvements on the iPad, Apple might also introduce high definition audio playback in iOS 8. The report comes from Mac Otakara, citing sources close to Apple’s plans. Additionally, Apple may also introduce new versions of its In-Ear Headphones, possibly hinting that the Cupertino company may take advantage of its Beats purchase sooner than we think (if that indeed turns out to be true).
This isn’t actually the first time we’ve heard about Apple preparing HD audio playback for iOS 8. In a report from last month, sources claimed Apple would launch a hi-res iTunes by early summer, lining up with the timing of WWDC in June. Mac Otakara’s report builds on that, saying audiophiles will be able to download high-fidelity iTunes music soon, making the higher quality audio playable across iOS 8 devices. Apple’s stock Music app in iOS 7 currently doesn’t allow high quality 24-bit files with a frequency beyond 48 kHz.
Meanwhile, in addition to manufacturing a new in-ear headphone (not the EarPods included with iPhones) for the high-quality audio, Apple is expected to introduce an upgraded Lightning cable to accommodate playback on Made For iPhone accessories.
Apple’s WWDC event is scheduled to kick off on June 2, so we’re not that far off from learning the truth—and finding out if all these iOS 8 rumors are true. Alongside big updates to iOS 8, Apple is also expected to detail some big changes for OS X 10.10. We also might learn the fate of Apple’s rumored Beats acquisition.