iOS 11 adds FLAC support to iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and Apple TV

The Golden Master version of iOS 11 is all set for a stunning debut tomorrow. It will add support for FLAC codec to all the latest devices. Here’s all you need to know about it.

iOS 11 adds FLAC Audio support

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, which is an audio coding standard that allows you to compress the sound without compromising on quality.

It saves up to 60% of space when compared to other popular standards.

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Apple has quietly updated the technical specifications of all its latest devices just days before iOS 11. This confirms support for FLAC audio codec in all latest Apple devices.

Needless to say, the latest iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices will support it.

Here’s the complete list of devices that are compatible with this new standard –

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 plus
  • iPad Pro (not announced yet)
  • Apple TV

Will older devices get FLAC support?

All devices that were launched before the iPhone 7 will not receive support for FLAC. It may seem Apple is intentionally making these devices obsolete. However, this is not the case this time around.

This modern coding standard has high requirements that are fulfilled only by powerful processors. Its minimum requirement is an Apple A10 processor.


Therefore, devices such as iPhone 6s and iPhone SE with less powerful processors are not compatible.

It’s a good decision on Apple’s part because these devices are already reeling with battery life drain on iOS 11. Adding support for this codec will lead to a whole lot of battery issues.

Although iPad Pro comes with the A10X SoC, Apple has not announced support for it officially yet.

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