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Update | A new leak points to an upgrade to aptX HD for the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds

A screenshot that may support impending aptX for the Sony TWS earbuds. (Credit: WalkmanBlog)
A screenshot that may support impending aptX for the Sony TWS earbuds. (Credit: WalkmanBlog)
The Sony WF-1000XM3s are widely regarded as some of the best TWS earbuds out there. However, they do have some discrepancies, one of which is the absence of Qualcomm's aptX HD Bluetooth codec. A new leak suggests that this is to be addressed soon.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Update: The WF-1000XM3s have reportedly been removed from Qualcomm's relevant web-pages, although their images still remain (thanks to the original WalkmanBlog poster, Ascariss). However, a link for their image still remains, thus maintaining a little residual hope for aptX HD on these earbuds.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds may once have been seen as the most effective competitors for Apple's AirPods. Then again, they were released before the ANC revolution, and they do miss a few typical high-end specs, the aptX HD codec for Bluetooth included. However, WalkmanBlog has uncovered evidence that Qualcomm has added these devices to its website for this technology.

This suggests that the WF-1000XM3s' firmware may be updated so as to use aptX HD soon. However, the blog has also pointed out that it would be strange for Sony to do this (paying the necessary lisence fee in the process) when it could just add LDAC instead.

That alternative high-quality codec is owned by Sony. However, the company is apparently reluctant to incorporate it into its current generation of TWS earbuds as it would impact negatively on their battery life, and on their longevity in turn. Therefore, it now seems they are getting the Qualcomm alternative as a consolation prize.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-03- 3 (Update: 2020-03- 5)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.