It’s been two years since the original AirPods Pro were launched. Needless to say, they’ve been waiting a long time for a refresh. We’re calling Apple’s next pair of high-end wireless headphones the AirPods Pro 2, but Apple might end up naming them a little differently, perhaps “AirPods Pro 2nd Gen.” Nonetheless, TWS buds aren’t a complete mystery, thanks to multiple rumors, industry insider reports, and leaks. Here’s everything we know about the AirPods Pro 2.
Will there be an Apple AirPods Pro 2?
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Apple hasn’t even acknowledged the existence of the AirPods Pro 2 yet, but we first caught wind of the device from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in June 2021. According to Kuo, the second-generation AirPods Pro will increase AirPod shipments to more than 100 million.
The analyst also recently reported that Apple plans to launch AirPods Pro 2 in 2022. He said the company may discontinue existing AirPods Pro once new ones arrive. So if you’re planning on picking up a pair of these anytime soon, you might want to hold off.
When will the Apple AirPods Pro 2 release date be?
- AirPods — September 7, 2016
- AirPods (2nd generation) — March 20, 2019
- AirPods Pro — October 30, 2019
- Airpods (3rd Generation) — October 18, 2021
As of now, we don’t have an official AirPods Pro 2 release date or even a concrete leak. Based on previous Apple AirPods launch dates, we’d expect to see the headphones drop this fall, perhaps alongside the iPhone 14’s expected launch in September or a bit later in October.
According to Kuo, the AirPods Pro 2 will arrive at the end of the second half of 2022. However, according to leaker FronTron, they could launch in the third quarter, which basically means anywhere between July 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022. While the tipster doesn’t have a good track record, they said MacRumors that the information comes from supply chain sources.
Another somewhat reliable leaker running iDropNews expects Apple to launch the AirPods Pro 2 at its September event alongside the iPhone 14, which the leaker says will take place on September 13.
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What features and specs will the Apple AirPods Pro 2 have?
The AirPods Pro 2 are said to have an all-new design. According to a 2020 report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple could make headphones smaller by getting rid of the stem at the bottom – think Beats Studio Buds. The company is believed to be testing a “more rounded shape that fills the user’s ear more.” However, Gurman also said that fitting the hardware into a smaller chassis has been a difficult task for Apple, and if that doesn’t work out, the plan could be scrapped.
Fitness tracking is one of the most notable features of the AirPods Pro 2. According to Gurman, the second generation AirPods Pro will receive updated motion sensors and a new chip for fitness tracking capabilities. physical. The current AirPods Pro house the H1 chip which also resides in the latest third generation AirPods. The alleged chip upgrade is expected to improve features such as active noise cancellation, which could also lead to increased battery life.
It looks like the buds will stick to the lightning port for charging.
Speaking of the battery, there is no reliable information on its capacity or how long the new AirPods will last on a full charge. However, we do know some things about the charging case.
Analyst Kuo previously claimed that the charging case of the new AirPods Pro will be able to play sound to help users find it. He expects the case to be water-resistant, like the third-generation AirPods charging case. Unfortunately, he looks like the buds will stick to the lightning port for charging. Apple still isn’t ready to jump on the USB-C bandwagon, at least not until its first iPhone that supports the connector.
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At WWDC 2021, Apple announced a few new features for its existing AirPods. These include support for spatial audio, the ability to announce notifications, Find My app alerts, and a new conversation amplification feature to improve speech. These should also land on the new AirPods Pro since the original model has been upgraded.
As for sound quality improvements, Kuo previously said that the AirPods Pro 2 will support ALAC audio codec. This is Apple’s own lossless audio compression technology which stands for Apple Lossless Audio Codec.
Apple is reportedly working on a new codec to enable lossless audio.
We don’t know how Apple would achieve this, as its current line of headphones and wireless earbuds don’t support ALAC. This is because Bluetooth connections are not lossless. You need a wired connection to headphones, receivers, or powered speakers to enjoy Apple ALAC tracks on Apple Music. That said, LeaksApplePro at iDropNews says Apple is working on a new codec that will work between iPhones and AirPods Pro 2 to enable lossless audio.
How much will the Apple AirPods Pro 2 cost?
The original AirPods Pro launched for $249. Apple is generally consistent with its pricing, but if the AirPods Pro 2 bring a bunch of new features and improvements, their price could go up.
Tipster LeaksApplePro expects the AirPods Pro 2 to launch in white at around $299. Compared to that, the third-generation AirPods cost a lot less at $175. Sony’s WF-1000MX4 headphones ($279), which are one of the best around, are also cheaper at .
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So those are all the Apple AirPods Pro 2 rumors that we know of. We’re sure we’ll know more about the headphones in the months to come. Check back here for all the latest news on the new AirPods. In the meantime, take the poll below and tell us which features you want most from the second-generation AirPods Pro.
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