An Apple engineer has addressed the lack of lossless audio support in the second generation AirPods Pro in a new conversation.


The current Bluetooth technology in the AirPods range means that Apple’s audio products do not support it Apple Music Lossless audio. Apple has previously hinted that it could develop its own codec and connectivity standard AirPlay and supports higher quality audio streaming, but has not taken such a step so far. ‌

‌Apple Music‌‌ offers lossless streaming of 24-bit and up to 48 KHz, and high-res lossless that goes up to 192 KHz and requires an external digital-to-analog converter.

In an interview with Which Hi-Fi?, Apple engineer Esge Andersen, who works on the company’s acoustics team, said Apple doesn’t believe current Bluetooth technology is a limiting factor in the AirPods’ audio quality. Anderson added that even with current Bluetooth technology and codec standards, Apple can still make improvements in audio quality while keeping the company’s focus on reliability.

Andersen remains coy, saying that while audio quality is always a priority, “it’s important to understand that we can still make big strides without changing the codec. And the codec choice we have there today is more about reliability. So it’s about making something robust in all environments.”

“We want to take the sound quality to the next level, and we can do that with many other elements. We don’t think the codec is currently the limitation of audio quality on Bluetooth products.”

During the interview, Anderson also gave an interesting glimpse into how Apple developed the new second-generation ‌AirPods Pro‌ and how it validates sound quality. Anderson revealed that Apple has a panel of “sound experts” who provide Apple engineers with feedback on sound quality. “And at the end of the day, there’s kind of a compromise, because you can’t make it perfect for everyone just yet,” he said.

One of the major improvements with the new second-generation ‌AirPods Pro‌ is better active noise cancellation. Apple says ANC on the new ‌AirPods Pro‌ is up to 2x better than before. Anderson said Apple was pressured to make this big improvement because it “wanted to give everyone a chance AirPods Max in their pocket.”

related stories

What to expect from AirPods Pro 2 at tomorrow’s Apple event

Apple is reportedly planning to introduce the second-generation AirPods Pro alongside the iPhone 14 at a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater this Wednesday. If you’re considering upgrading to the new AirPods Pro once they’re released, read on for a list of the new features and improvements that have been rumored so far. In addition to all-new features, the second-generation AirPods Pro will…

iPhone 14 and new AirPods Pro support Bluetooth 5.3, LE Audio status unclear

All four new iPhone 14 models and the second-generation AirPods Pro support Bluetooth 5.3, according to Apple’s tech specs for each device, but the status of LE Audio support for the devices remains unclear at this time. LE Audio, which can be supported on any device with Bluetooth 5.2 or higher, is a low-power audio streaming specification that would have several benefits for…

Five benefits Bluetooth LE audio would bring to the next generation of AirPods Pro

In 2020, Bluetooth 5.2 was introduced with support for a new LE Audio specification. At least two Apple employees are listed as participants in the development of LE Audio, and Apple will likely adopt the specification for use in future devices. According to a newly published request in the Bluetooth SIG database, Apple recently had an unknown component with Bluetooth 5.3 support tested. The …

Don’t buy AirPods Pro now: AirPods Pro 2 is just around the corner

Launched over 1,000 days ago, the AirPods Pro are the oldest current-generation Apple device still on sale. With a new model believed to be about to be announced by Apple, customers will now have to wait to buy AirPods Pro until the new model arrives. Apple announced the AirPods Pro on Monday, October 28, 2019. The earbuds went on sale immediately and orders started pouring in…

New AirPods Pro do not support Lossless Apple Music

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:31 PM PDT through Sami Fati

The new AirPods Pro, despite an all-new H2 chip and improved audio quality, don’t appear to support lossless Apple Music audio. The H2 chip is the successor to the previous H1 chip and offers new features such as improved active noise reduction, an improved transparency mode and better sound in general. One rumored new capability of the new chip was that it would…

AirPods Pro 2 can beat the maximum sound quality of AirPods

Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro could deliver higher fidelity audio than the AirPods Max over-ear headphones, despite being relatively small in-ear earbuds, recent reports show. In a recent message to investors, seen by MacRumors, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the second-generation AirPods Pro will offer improved audio quality thanks to support…

AirPods Pro 2 Facts: heavier charging case, lanyards sold separately, and more

Apple introduced the second-generation AirPods Pro this week with improved audio quality, longer battery life, up to 2X the noise cancellation of the original AirPods Pro, an updated charging case with Find My support and water resistance, a new extra-small eartip option, the ability to tilt up and down. swipe the stem to adjust the volume, and more. In addition to these important new features, there are…

AirPods Pro 2 Unboxing video shared ahead of launch

Update: AirPods Pro 2 unboxing videos and reviews are now available. Original story follows. Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro will arrive with customers and be in stores on Friday. Beforehand, an early unboxing video of the new AirPods Pro has surfaced on YouTube, giving us a closer look at what’s in the box and more. Apple has already given the media hands-on time with the new…

Popular stories

All the Apple Black Friday deals you can get right now: AirPods, Apple TV, Mac, iPad and more

Last week was jam-packed with early Black Friday deals, and with the shopping holiday just around the corner, we’re going to go back through the best sales you may have missed in the past week and update as prices change and new offers arrive. As with all Christmas shopping, there’s no guarantee that better prices won’t come later in the season, but if you want to shop early,…

Best Black Friday iPhone deals available today

Mobile carriers have always offered big discounts on the latest iPhone models during the holiday season, and Black Friday 2022 is no different. We’re currently tracking noteworthy deals on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Keep an eye out for older models like the iPhone 13 for even more savings. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner of some of these vendors….

Best Black Friday AirPods deals available today

While we’ve been tracking Black Friday deals for a few weeks now, the shopping holiday officially kicks off this week and we’re highlighting the best sales for each of Apple’s product lines. This article lists the best Black Friday sales on AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and AirPods Max. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner of some of these vendors….

Walmart unveils Black Friday plans with sales for a week starting today

Retailers have been waiting longer and longer to reveal their specific plans for the week of Black Friday, with the retail event already starting in October and most companies focusing on “early Black Friday” deals first. Today we finally have more information from Walmart and all the official Black Friday discounts you can expect this week. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner…

Best Buy unveils Black Friday plans with sitewide sales now available

Following in the footsteps of Target and Walmart, Best Buy this week detailed its plans for the Black Friday shopping holiday, and the schedule is much like other retailers. In terms of sales, Best Buy has the expected list of TVs, appliances, video games, computers, streaming devices and more. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner of Best Buy. When you click on a link and a…

Best Black Friday Apple Watch deals available today

We’re tracking all the best Apple product discounts for Black Friday this week, and the Apple Watch is always a great gift around the holidays, so you’re guaranteed to find solid discounts right now. In this article you will discover the best Black Friday sales on Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Ultra. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these…

You can add your driver’s license to your iPhone in these US states

Earlier this year, Apple launched a feature that allows residents of participating US states to add their driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, providing an easy and contactless way to display an ID or proof of age . While we wait for IDs in the Wallet app to expand to other US states, here’s everything you need to know about how the feature…