Apple is reportedly working on bringing a high-resolution audio format to Apple Music as soon as next year. The new ‘Hi-Res’ audio format is said to feature a 96kHz, 24-bit sampling rate for Apple Music subscribers. This would imply using the Lightning port instead of the 3.5mm audio jack to maintain output quality.
Japanese blog Macotakara cites several insiders familiar with Apple’s plan to report that the Cupertino-based giant is looking to offer Hi-Res audio on its music streaming service next year. The report further claimed that the insiders were present at the Portable Audio Festival exhibiting their products. Details about Hi-Res audio streaming for Apple Music are limited as of now. Apple Music currently streams audio at up to 256Kbps.