Multiple users on Reddit have reported that loading FLAC music files onto an iPhone or iPad running the first beta of iOS 11 allows for the file format to be played using the new Files app. Apple didn’t formally announce this feature, but if it goes live for all users when iOS 11 is available to the public in the fall, it’ll officially mark the first time Apple has supported the lossless file format.
Mind you, this isn’t the only lossless file format to operate using Apple’s services. In fact, the company has it’s own ALAC file format which is supported by iTunes and Apple Music on iOS devices. While FLAC files can’t be opened on iPhones, iPads, or computers with this software, it somehow works with the Files app, therefore leading to speculation that iTunes and the Music app will soon be updated to support the format for the first time. Obviously, we’re just taking swings in the dark here, but it could happen and this is the best evidence we have yet of the possibility one day coming to pass.
We’ll have our hands on iOS 11 soon to verify whether this is true or not so stay tuned.