Apple is now adding support for FLAC audio files on iOS and Apple TV devices with the next iOS 11 and tvOS 11 updates. The forthcoming iOS 11 is expected t release this week. And apart from a plethora of new features and improvements, the update also brings FLAC playback support which is good news for audiophiles.
FLAC playback is supported on the newly announced iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, along with last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices. However, FLAC playback won’t be available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, and neither the iPhone SE. Besides, the upcoming tvOS 11 will also bring FLAC capabilities to the new Apple TV 4K.
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, which is an audio compression format just like MP3. However, FLAC uses lossless compression implying that audio quality is not compromised while compressing files.
Apart from FLAC, iOS 11 will support many audio files such as MP3, Apple Lossless, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), Protected AAC, AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Linear PC, AAX, AAX+, Audible Enhanced Audio, as well as Audible formats 2,3,4 streams.
The forthcoming iOS 11 is due for a release next week on September 19. The release of the OS will mark the end of legacy iPhones such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, along with the 4th generation iPad as Apple’s plans to switch entirely to 64-bit architecture. The iPhone 5s and onwards though, all came with a 64-bit chipset on-board, will continue to get support in iOS 11.
The release of iOS 11 is also expected to see the end of 32-bit apps from the App Store. The move comes as Apple plans to switch entirely to a 64-bit architecture. According to Intelligence Firm Sensor Tower, 8 percent of all iPhone apps could be pulled down from the App Store with the release of iOS 11 next week. That said, Apple will still allow them to be downloaded and installed on legacy devices that do not run iOS 11, but they would be eventually be pulled down unless developers do not update them to 64-bit.