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Concept render imagines iPod Max Hi-Res audio solution for AirPods Max

This iPod Max concept imagines a complete lossless solution for Apple fans. (Image: 9to5Mac)
This iPod Max concept imagines a complete lossless solution for Apple fans. (Image: 9to5Mac)
Apple left many fans, in particular AirPods Max owners, baffled when it launched Apple Music’s new lossless tier without support for any of its headphones. The folks at 9to5Mac have created a concept product called the iPod Max to pair with the AirPods Max to deliver pristine lossless audio quality.
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Apple Music’s new lossless audio tier recently launched to much fanfare offering CD-quality audio to listeners at no additional cost. Also included in the upgrade is support for spatial audio and Dolby Atmos mixes which is an added bonus. Not so welcome, however, is that none of Apple’s AirPods support the new lossless tier over Bluetooth while even the AirPods Max doesn’t fully support lossless audio over the included Lightning connector cable.

While Apple has subsequently announced that lossless audio will be supported on its HomePods via a future software update (likely via the AirPlay protocol), a third-party high-end DAC is required for full lossless audio. AirPods Max will also support full lossless over a similar connection as the headphones themselves are more than capable of reproducing lossless quality audio. To take advantage of this, the folks at 9to5Mac have created an iPod Max, resurrecting the iPod Classic and giving it a modern twist.

It would feature a 3-inch Retina display, an Apple Watch S6 SoC with W3 chip, AirPlay 3 and Bluetooth and up to 512 GB of storage. It would also include a 3.5 mm audio jack for a lossless but wired connection. To work via lossless over a wireless connection, 9to5Mac imagines a second-generation AirPods Max with support for lossless audio over AirPlay 3 using a proprietary Apple codec. The only problem with this approach, from our perspective, is that AirPlay uses far more power than Bluetooth. A custom Bluetooth replacement would be a better bet.

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(Image: 9to5Mac)
(Image: 9to5Mac)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1262 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-05-24 (Update: 2021-05-24)