In 2021, Apple launched two new AirPods models at once: the AirPods Max and the AirPods 3. But the Pro model continues to wait for a successor. 2022 could be the year.
Already at the end of 2020, “Bloomberg” published a report that Apple could be working on 2nd generation AirPods Pro. Since then, the rumors about the new design and features of the headphones have thickened. atechbook summarizes all the information.
New chip for even more functions
If Bloomberg’s report has its way, the AirPods Pro will get a new chipset. So far, the AirPods Pro use the H1 processor, which Apple launched in 2019. The H1 supports Bluetooth 5.0, so a newer version could come with the latest Bluetooth standard 5.2 and thus be even more energy-efficient.
The chip is also said to enable fitness tracking directly via the headphones for the first time in an AirPods model. Improved motion sensors are said to be built in for this, which can detect and accurately track workouts. Sports headphones with integrated heart rate monitors are already available, for example from Bose and Jabra.
Both Bloomberg and industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo name Luxshare Precision Industry as the manufacturer of the new headphones. Kuo assumes that Apple will start selling them in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Are the 2nd generation AirPods Pro getting a more compact design?
According to Bloomberg, the AirPods Pro 2 could come without the stem, until now a distinguishing feature of Apple earphones. Since their introduction in 2016, the wireless Earbuds have featured this quirky design to stand out from the crowd. Since then, however, many manufacturers have copied the stem design. In the AirPods Pro, however, the stems even have their own function. Squeeze them between two fingers and the active noise-canceling (ANC) turns on or off.
Although Apple could do away with the feature in the second generation, the AirPods Pro are still expected to come with ANC. Without the stems, however, the design would be more along the lines of the Beats Studio Buds unveiled in 2021, which also come from Apple. According to Bloomberg, however, the company has problems fitting the hardware into the smaller case. Therefore, changes in the design are still possible.
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How reliable are the predictions about the AirPods Pro 2?
Earlier reports by Bloomberg reporters Mark Gurman and Debby Wu about new AirPods models turned out to be mostly correct. For example, the predictions about the AirPods 3 were correct in almost all respects. The same goes for the AirPods Max, where Bloomberg was correct – except for the name.
- Bloomberg: Apple Plans Redesigned AirPods for 2021, New AirPods Pro in 2022.
- Bloomberg: Apple Plans Smaller AirPods Pro, Revamped Entry-Level Model.