According to a recently published Apple Support document, The HomePod and HomePod Mini will be able to play lossless audio with an upcoming software update.
At first apple’s original HomePod and HomePod mini will not support Apple Music’s lossless audio, instead of lossless audio apple said HomePod and HomePod mini will support Spatial Audio. Spatial audio will create an immersive three-dimensional experience that simulates music all around the listener. Lossless audio on the other hand will deliver rich and full audio to the listener, so the listener can listen to music at higher audio quality.
Apple is going to release a lossless audio feature to their music streaming service Apple Music in June. There are two versions, Standard Lossless audio which is going to stream music at 48kHz, and there’s a Hi-Res Lossless audio that’s going to stream music at 48kHz-192kHz.
Apple’s AirPod and AirPod Pros will not be able to play lossless audio. Apple explains why the AirPod and AirPod Pro can’t play lossless audio on that Support Document. Apple AirPod Max will also do not support lossless audio wirelessly, but AirPod Max will be able to play lossless audio if you use it with a cable, but it’s not completely lossless audio.
The Lightning to 3.5 mm Audio Cable was designed to allow AirPods Max to connect to analog sources for listening to movies and music. AirPods Max can be connected to devices playing Lossless and Hi-Res Lossless recordings with exceptional audio quality. However, given the analog to digital conversion in the cable, the playback will not be completely lossless.Apple