Apple's latest Apple support document, HomePod and HomePod Mini, will get support for playing lossless Apple Music audio in a future software update.
Apple has confirmed that HomePod/ Mini will support Apple Music lossless audio through a software update
Initially, HomePod and HomePod Mini will not support Apple Music lossless audio, only Dolby Atmos for Apple Music. Dolby Atmos, also known as spatial audio, creates an immersive three-dimensional experience that simulates the music around the listener. The Apple Music lossless version will provide listeners with higher quality audio.
In June, Apple will offer "standard" Apple Music lossless audio, with audio up to 48kHz, and "Hi-Res lossless audio," with audio between 48kHz and 192kHz. Listening to Hi-Res lossless audio requires external equipment, such as a USB digital-to-analog converter.
While HomePod and HomePod Mini will support Apple Music lossless in future software updates, AirPods and AirPods Pro won't get support. In a supporting document, Apple explains that the current Bluetooth does not support the higher quality format offered by Apple Music Lossless. In addition, the AirPods Max will not support wireless lossless audio, however, Apple says the headphones will support lossless audio if you use a cable.
The Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable is designed to allow the AirPods Max to connect to analog sources, and the AirPods Max can connect to devices that play lossless audio and Hi-Res lossless audio recordings for exceptional audio quality. However, given the analog to digital conversion in the cable, the playback will not be completely lossless.
Apple Music Lossless Audio and Dolby Panorama will be available in June, with more than 20 million tracks supporting Lossless Audio and thousands of tracks supporting Dolby Panorama.