One of the most exciting updates from Apple up to this point was the introduction of Spatial Audio and Lossless support in Apple Music. Until now, this has only been available with compatible headphones like the AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. According to 9to5Mac, that is likely to change rather soon thanks to the latest Beta 5 release for the HomePod.
After the most recent update, 9to5Mac discovered that new toggles dedicated to Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos are available. However, it appears as though this isn’t available for everyone just yet, as Apple is rolling the options out to select users who are on the HomePod beta cycle.
What’s exciting about this is in addition to being able to take advantage of Dolby Atmos on the HomePod Mini, it’s also coming to the now-discontinued HomePod. Apple discontinued the HomePod back in March after the company’s first smart speaker was released more than three years ago. But it’s great to see that Apple isn’t just going to let these fantastic speakers just become useless.
How to enable Lossless Audio on HomePod
If you want to try Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio out on your HomePod, there are two major requirements. First, your speaker must be running HomePod 15 Beta 5. Secondly, you have to be one of the lucky ones to have the feature enabled, as it’s likely arriving as an Apple server-side update. Those who meet the pre-requisites can follow the steps below to enable Lossless Audio on HomePod:
- Open the Home app on your iPhone.
- Tap the Home icon in the top left corner.
- Select Home Settings from the menu.
- Tap on your profile.
- Under Media, tap on Apple Music.
- Toggle Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos to the On position.
It really doesn’t get much easier than that, but it’s one of those hidden features that you likely didn’t notice until now. Apple has an excellent track record of adding new features and changes to the software without detailing them in the Release Notes or the changelog.
If you happen to have the ability to test this feature out, let us know what you think about it in the comments below!
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.