Apple reportedly adds support for FLAC lossless audio in iOS 11

Now that we're at iOS 11, did Apple just granted one of its community's biggest wishes?

Where possible we will compare iOS 11 to iOS 10 so you know what is changing when you upgrade.

If you have reservations but are still undaunted, you might want to wait until the public beta arrives next month. Apple ramps up the options in the iOS 11 update with tweaks and new features for iMessages.

Per the Reddit thread, FLAC files can be synced to an iOS device through iCloud Drive, then accessed through the new Files application, which will allow for local playback of the high-quality audio files directly on the device.

There is a new iMessage App Drawer so that it is easier to find the apps you want while you are in an iMessage conversation.

To try it out, sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, and you'll be notified when you can download iOS 11. But that doesn't mean you can't sign up for the beta program. If you come across any bugs, use the Feedback Assistant app to report them.

Since beta software is not the final product, Apple recommends backing up your device prior to installing the beta software. Still, even if Apple doesn't offer that functionality in the future, at least audiophiles looking to play their FLAC collections on Apple's devices may have some workaround when iOS 11 launches this fall. This means that phones and tablets running Apple's 32-bit A6 (and earlier) chip like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and the fourth generation iPad won't be able to use iOS 11. Combined with powerful new iPad features in iOS 11 coming this fall, like the all-new Files app, customizable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil, iPad Pro. There are reasons to try the iOS 11 beta and reasons to skip it. The new OS comes with an array of updates and features that promise to take iOS devices to the next level.

  • Arturo Norris