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AirPods Pro 2: design, specifications, release date, price and more

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Apple is set to release the AirPods Pro 2 in 2022. Rumor has it that this new generation will bring a new design, innovative lossless support, and also, for the first time, fitness sensors. Below you will find the latest rumors about this product.

AirPods Pro 2: a new form factor?

By early 2022, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that the AirPods Pro 2 will feature a new form factor design closer to the 2021 Beats Fit Pro. In doing so, these wireless earphones would lose their stern, probably with an in-ear wing design.

If so, the AirPods charging case will also be changed. According to rumors, its thickness will remain 21 mm, and the height – 46 mm, and the width – 54 mm. By comparison, the current AirPods Pro charging case is 45.2mm high and 60.6mm wide.

Then in June a new leak 52audio — which correctly predicted the design of the AirPods 3 — shows that the AirPods Pro 2 will likely have a design similar to the current generation, but with a change in ear tips.

As of now, no whistleblower or analyst has predicted new colors for the AirPods Pro 2, though it’s likely that Apple will only keep the white version of the product.

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Lossless Support

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was also the first to report that Apple plans to bring Lossless support to the AirPods Pro 2. Back in January, he wrote:

We expect Apple to release the AirPods Pro 2 in Q4 2022 with new benefits including a new form factor design, Apple Lossless Format (ALAC) support, and a charging case that can make a sound for users to track. We are optimistic about demand for AirPods Pro 2 and expect shipments to reach 18-20 million units in 2022.

Towards the end of 2021, the creator of AirPods talked about the limitations of Bluetooth in an interview. Gary Geaves, Apple’s vice president of acoustics, said Apple would love to have a wireless standard that provides more bandwidth.

“Obviously, wireless technology is critical to delivering the content you’re talking about,” he says, “so we have to focus very hard on getting the most out of Bluetooth technology, and there are a number of tricks we can use. to maximize or bypass some Bluetooth limitations. But it’s fair to say that we would like more bandwidth and … I’ll stop there. We would like more bandwidth,” he smiles.

If analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is right, Apple is likely to adopt a new standard to offer lossless support with the AirPods Pro 2.

New chip and Bluetooth low energy support

9to5Mac Sources confirm that the next-generation AirPods Pro, codenamed B698, will feature the next version of the H1 chip, Apple’s own audio processor. Additionally, links to support for the LC3 codec in the AirPods Max beta firmware hint that the AirPods Pro 2 could be the first to add Bluetooth 5.2 support.

This codec will provide more stability and efficiency to wireless headphones. Not only that, this new standard will help AirPods Pro 2 improve the sound quality for voice calls and songs with higher bitrate support. While Bluetooth Low Energy and the LC3 codec don’t promise “lossless Bluetooth”, they will certainly improve audio quality significantly.

Health sensors

Kuo also believes that “AirPods may support health management features in the future,” confirming previous reports.

A study by Apple shows how you can use AirPods to control your breathing rate. The study found that this sound could be a “viable signal for passive assessment” of respiratory rate, which also makes it a more cost-effective way to do so compared to traditional healthcare.

bloombergWith Mark Gurman initially believed that the AirPods Pro 2 would have new fitness tracking features, but by early July, a journalist stated that Apple would not be adding health sensors to this year’s model.

AirPods Pro are unlikely to get heart rate monitoring this year. As I reported a long time ago, Apple is gearing up to release the new AirPods Pro later this year.

Lightning connector or USB-C?

In May Kuo predicted that the AirPods Pro 2 charging case will still have a Lightning port for charging, dashing hopes of a switch to USB-C this year.

In May, Kuo revealed that Apple is currently testing an iPhone 15 with a USB-C port for charging. The analyst also predicted that when (or if) the iPhone switches to USB-C charging, Apple will also move AirPods and other accessories to USB-C.

In June, 52audio The updated AirPods Pro 2 charging case is supposed to switch to USB-C based on the leaked images, as you can see here.

When will Apple release AirPods Pro 2?

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The original AirPods Pro were first released towards the end of 2019. Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the AirPods Pro 2 is expected to enter mass production in the second half of the year. He also notes that the AirPods Pro 2 will be manufactured in Vietnam, indicating that Apple is less dependent on China.

This happens after Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has informed some of its suppliers that it wants to move production from China to centers in Vietnam and India.

Kuo previously stated that the AirPods Pro 2 will launch around the fourth quarter of 2022, meaning the product could see the light of day around September-November, depending on Apple’s plan to announce the product alongside a new iPhone, Mac, or iPad.

How much will AirPods Pro 2 cost?

For now, the rumors don’t factor in pricing for the AirPods Pro 2. The first generation is currently $249. If Apple adds new health sensors + Lossless support to this product, it is likely that Apple could increase its price to $50.

It’s also important to look at the company’s strategy for the AirPods 3. Kuo called it a “failed product segmentation strategy,” saying that Apple will likely discontinue the AirPods Pro when the new model launches.

AirPods 3 orders for Q2-Q3 2022 have been reduced by 30%+. Due to a failed product segmentation strategy, demand for AirPods 3 is significantly lower than for AirPods 2. AirPods Pro may be discontinued after Apple releases AirPods Pro 2 in 2H22 to avoid repeating the same mistake.

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The new AirPods Pro 2 are generating a lot of interest. If the rumors turn out to be true, expect lossless playback, a new form factor, and health and fitness sensors.

However, if you don’t think you’ll need all of these features, this might be the perfect time to buy the original AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and even Apple’s 20W charger.

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