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Apple VP hints at what’s next for AirPods

Dec 30, 2021

Apple VP hints at what’s next for AirPods

The news: Apple may be working on a solution for wireless, high-resolution audio that isn’t currently supported by Bluetooth, according to Apple VP of Acoustics Gary Geaves.


  • In a new interview from What Hi-Fi?, Geaves discusses the engineering marvel that is AirPods 3…but also speaks on the Bluetooth standard that could be holding all AirPods back
  • “Obviously the wireless technology is critical for the content delivery that you talk about…we have to concentrate very hard on squeezing the most that we can out of the Bluetooth technology, and there’s a number of tricks we can play to maximize or get around some of the limits of Bluetooth. But it’s fair to say that we would like more bandwidth and… I’ll stop right there. We would like more bandwidth” Geaves says
  • Jon Prosser (73.9% accurate) reported in May that Apple was working on a new version of AirPlay that would enable lossless audio on AirPods

Our take: Sounds like Geaves had more to say, doesn’t it? I’d bet we’ll hear more about a new wireless standard (or improved version of AirPlay) from Apple in the next year or so.