AirPods Pro 2: Three reasons to wait

As Apple’s second generation of AirPods Pro, these highly anticipated earbuds are rumored to come out late 2022. If you’re an audiophile and in the market for a pair of new earbuds, you may want to wait for the AirPods Pro 2 to release.

Back in January, 9to5Mac discovered new information on the upcoming AirPods Pro 2 from a note to investors. In it, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo describes his take on the upcoming earbuds.

We expect Apple to launch AirPods Pro 2 in 4Q22 with new selling points, including a new form factor design, support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) format, and a charging case that can emit a sound for users to track. We are optimistic about the demand for AirPods Pro 2 and estimate shipments will reach 18–20 mn units in 2022.

What would this look like? Let’s dive in:

Lossless playback

Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo projects the AirPods Pro 2 to feature support for Lossless audio. This would require some internal reworking of the earbuds in order to work. Lossless audio is already in Apple Music, offering higher quality audio than before. For many this feature won’t be exciting, but for those looking for the best audio experience out there on AirPods, it’ll be worth waiting for.

New form factor for AirPods Pro 2

There’s been multiple speculations on what the new AirPods Pro may look like. Kuo has noted the new earbuds will take on the look of the Beats Fit Pro. Unlike AirPods, the Beats Fit Pro have no stem and feature a wingtip design.

However, a leak from 52audio suggests the AirPods Pro 2 will keep its similar style but have a redesigned case. In the leaked image below, you’ll see two holes on the side of the case. It’s possible its use is to play audio when using Find My to locate a lost case. We expect the lightning port to remain on the new AirPods Pro as USB-C is more likely to come in 2023 alongside the launch of the iPhone 15.

Picture Source: 52audio

Health and fitness sensors

In addition to lossless and a new form factor, Kuo speculates that the AirPods Pro 2 may include health and fitness sensors. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg originally believed this as well. However, days ago, Gurman went back on the belief, stating that we shouldn’t expect to see any health monitoring features on this year’s AirPods Pro.

Rumors of AirPods Pro gaining health features swirled last year when Apple and Cornell University released a study on how AirPods could be a tool to monitor respiratory rate. The study uses breath audio from the microphones of AirPods so medical professionals can use this data to assess overall health and fitness.

While we aren’t certain this will come to fruition, this would make for a major bump in features from the original AirPods Pro.

Other changes to AirPods Pro 2

Confirmed by 9to5Mac sources, the next AirPods Pro are going to have the next rendition of Apple’s H1 chip. It’s also been noted that the device could have support for Bluetooth 5.2. With multiple new features and upgrades, we expect to see a price increase with the AirPods Pro 2. Currently, the first generation AirPods Pro sell for $250, but it wouldn’t be impossible for Apple to raise the price on these earbuds.

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