updated 01:05 am EDT, Thu October 23, 2008
QuickTime 7.6 in the works
Apple allegedly has QuickTime 7.6 beta builds seeded to developers, which will allegedly offer Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, and Windows users 5.1 audio, as well as several optimizations, AppleInsider reports. Developers are asked by Apple to stress the current build (A26) with multi-channel audio, taking note that audio plays back correctly with each channel. GPU acceleration is not expected to arrive in this update, a feature heavily used by Adobe's new Creative Suite 4 applications.
In addition to multi-channel audio, Apple indicated developers should also thoroughly test MPEG-1 processes, including encoding and playback, as well as the manipulation of Apple's prided AAC and Lossless audio formats.
AppleInsider observes that this build is one of last few updates to the platform, before unveiling QuickTime X. The new platform is said to be reworked from the ground up, designed for modern and future AV formats, and featuring refined efficiency.