One day after releasing iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15, Apple again started its beta cycle with the point one update to all of these operating systems. HomePod, of course, was also updated with HomePod Software Version 15.1 beta 1, and it’s finally bringing back Lossless and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support.

In May, when Apple announced it was adding Lossless and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio to its devices, it was unclear whether the HomePod would be updated or not. When the feature launched with iOS 14.6, the company explained that both HomePod and its mini version would receive these functions in a future update.

After WWDC21, nothing was added to the first beta. Then, when the third version was released, 9to5Mac spotted Lossless support on the Home app, which was then removed with a new build.

A few betas later, Apple not only brought back Lossless support, but it also indicated that Dolby Atmos was coming to the HomePod. Close to its RC version, the company removed all references about these two functions and didn’t launch them with the official Software Version 15.

Now, finally, it appears Apple is readying Lossless and Dolby Atmos support as it’s now appearing for everyone that is on HomePod Software Version 15.1 beta 1 as well as iOS 15.1/iPadOS 15.1 beta 1.

HomePod Lossless support

Here’s how to enable these features:

  • Open the Home app
  • Click in the Home icon on the top left corner
  • Choose “Home Settings” then click on your profile
  • In “Media,” click on the “Apple Music” tab
  • Toggle on “Lossless Audio” and “Dolby Atmos”

Apple also explains what each toggle does:

Lossless Audio: Lossless audio files preserve every detail of the original file. Turning this on will consume significantly more data.

Dolby Atmos: Play supported songs in Dolby Atmos and other Dolby Audio formats.

Did you update to version 15.1 beta 1? Were you able to listen to songs with Lossless and Dolby Atmos quality? Tell us in the comment section below.

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José Adorno

Brazilian tech Journalist. Author at 9to5Mac. Previously at tv globo, the main TV broadcaster in Latin America.

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