Apple’s HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers will finally get support for the proprietary audio formats Spatial and Lossless, two important additions that are already included in the feature set of some iPhones and AirPods.
Beta firmwares for HomePods and iOS 15 added options for Spatial and Lossless audio. And although a limited number of participants participate in testing the beta version, even among them the new options are not displayed to everyone.
While we doesn’t have a specific date for when Spatial and Lossless audio will become more widely available to regular HomePods users, it looks like Apple is preparing these options for the official release of iOS 15.
Adding spatial and Lossless audio options to HomePod smart speakers isn’t the first time Apple has integrated these technologies. Lossless and Spatial audio options are present in the Apple Music app on iPhones and Android devices, and as mentioned above, these formats are compatible with select AirPods models.
Ultimately, these features should be a great addition to Apple HomePods. Spatial audio creates 3D surround sound that works well for speakers, while Lossless audio will help maintain high sound quality, which is generally useful for small speakers.