All four new iPhone 14 models and the second-generation AirPods Pro support Bluetooth 5.3, according to Apple’s technical specifications for each device, but the status of LE Audio support for the devices remains unclear at this time.

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Supported on any device with Bluetooth 5.2 or higher, LE Audio is a low-power audio streaming specification that would bring several benefits to devices within the Apple ecosystem. Earlier this week, we outlined five benefits LE Audio could bring to AirPods Pro in particular if Apple supported the spec:

  • Improved sound quality: LE Audio includes a new low-power audio codec called LC3 that offers improved sound quality compared to the classic SBC codec, even at a 50% lower bit rate, according to the Bluetooth SIG.
  • Longer battery life: With the low-power LC3 audio codec, AirPods Pro would have longer battery life for audio playback.
  • Multistream audio: LE Audio would enable the transfer of multiple synchronized audio streams between a source device such as an iPhone or Mac and the AirPods Pro. This would allow an individual left and right AirPod to each have its own Bluetooth audio connection to a device that supports LE Audio for better fidelity.
  • Connect multiple AirPods pairs to an iPhone at once: LE Audio allows many pairs of AirPods to simultaneously connect to an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other device with Bluetooth 5.2 or later. Apple already has a feature that allows an iPhone or iPad user with AirPods to share audio with someone else with AirPods, but the feature won’t work with more than two pairs of AirPods.
  • No need to switch between iPhone and Mac: LE Audio allows AirPods to connect to multiple source devices such as iPhone and Mac at the same time, eliminating the need to switch AirPods between devices.

Apple’s press releases and tech specs pages for the iPhone 14 and new AirPods Pro don’t seem to mention LE Audio or the benefits mentioned above, leading us to believe that LE Audio may not be supported on the devices right now, but we’ve been in touch. contacted Apple for confirmation. In July, the organization behind Bluetooth said it expected the availability of products supporting LE Audio to increase by the end of 2022.

Given that iPhone 14 models and the new AirPods Pro have Bluetooth 5.3 chipsets, it’s possible that Apple could enable LE Audio in the future with a software/firmware update if the devices don’t currently support the specification.

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