Apple Whimpers Out (again)

Reader Chris P. sent me an email worth sharing:
I've been scouring the web to see if anyone is reporting new audio features on the latest apple tv. Apple is very light on their audio spec page and I've been secretly hoping Apple would quietly enable higher res streaming to the updated device (to go with the higher res video).

Guessing this wouldn't be a public announcement until Apple itself offered higher res music via iTunes. Probably just wishful thinking but would appreciate any news or thoughts if there are in fact any new features or benefits.


Following on the heels of rumors suggesting that Apple may offer 24/96 streaming from iCloud or downloads from iTunes or perhaps endow the latest version of Apple TV with the same higher resolution-ness, Apple's recent events and new product releases have come and gone not with a bang but a whimper.

Sorry Chris.

Apple TV 3's audio specifications remain unchanged from v2 with a maximum sample of 48kHz (*see below for Apple TVs compatible Audio Formats) but they've upgraded to full HD video in 1080p, as opposed to 720p in v2. The new iPod's new features are also geared toward the eye and not the ear.

"Four times more pixels than iPad 2"

"Razor-sharp text"

"Richer colors"

"So everything looks and feels incredibly lifelike and perfectly detailed"

I can easily imagine a few simple word changes and Apple could re-purpose this text for us.
"Four times more resolution than iPad 2"

"Razor-sharp musical images"

"Richer voices"

"So everything sounds and feels incredibly lifelike and perfectly detailed"

Wishful thinking indeed but I'm still holding onto the idea that it's just a matter of time before Apple flips that big "High Definition Music" switch at Apple Inc. HQ.

Apple TV Audio Formats
HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through

MADDOG95's picture

Seriously, if the larger percentage of the public accepts the Apple products as they are spec'd and introduced, and Apple continues to post record profits and higher stock values, why would they go forward with any HD?

90% of current & potential owners won't even notice, more's the pity...