“Apple is said to be introducing high definition audio playback in iOS 8 alongside new versions of its In-Ear Headphones and Lightning connector, according to a report from Mac Otakara,” Richard Padilla reports for MacRumors.

“The post notes that Apple will enable high-quality audio files to be played on iOS 8 compatible devices,” Padilla reports. “Currently, iOS 7’s stock Music app cannot play high quality 24-bit audio files that contain a sampling frequency beyond 48 kHz. Additionally, while third-party apps such as Onkyo’s HF Player and FLAC Player are able to play said audio files, users are still limited to onboard playback at a 16-bit rate.”

“Apple is also said to be preparing an upgraded Lightning cable to accommodate high-definition playback on Made For iPhone (MFi) audio accessories, although it isn’t clear when the company would introduce the updated wire,” Padilla reports. “The report notes that Apple is working on a new version of its In-Ear Headphones to accommodate high-quality audio playback. The premium in-ear headphones have not been updated since 2008, however the product is still officially sold by Apple at its retail locations and in its Online Store for $79.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]