Following the presumed acquisition of Beats, Apple reportedly plans to up its music game with support for high-resolution audio files in a revamped Music app in iOS 8, and to offer a higher-quality version of its In-Ear Headphones, according to Japanese blog Macotakara.
The source of the high-res audio rumour appears to be somewhat circumstantial, linked to a Warner Music post about the forthcoming release of a ‘Super Deluxe’ version of three remastered early Led Zeppelin albums in 96kHz/24-bit form – a resolution the iOS Music app of today cannot play. It is, however, consistent with a similar earlier rumor regarding iTunes support for higher-quality audio.
It’s also suggested that Apple will launch a new version of its rather elderly In-Ear Headphones, offering improved audio quality. Finally, there’s a suggestion of a new Lightning cable designed for MFi audio devices that would support higher-quality audio.
If the rumor regarding the revamped Music app is true, we might even see Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre on the stage at WWDC 2014 to help introduce this new focus on higher-quality music.
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