For a while, rumors mills have speculated on the imminent launch of second-generation AirPods Pro headphones in 2022. A new report by DigiTimes states that the tech giant is purchasing chips for the current AirPods models and the upcoming AirPods Pro 2. This claim gives reassurance that the high-end wireless headphones will launch later this year.
All the expected features of the new AirPods Pro 2
Apple has been expanding its product’s price range to cater to larger consumer demographics. For example, the company launched iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini to offer advanced features at a lower price, a cheaper Apple Music Voice Plan powered by Siri, an affordable iPad 9, and more.
Similarly, after launching a mid-range update of AirPods, the company is set to introduce the high-end AirPods Pro 2. Here is the list of expected features based on industry reports and leaks, in addition to the existing Transparency Mode, Active Noise cancellation, and others.
- In-the-ear design without stem like the Beats Studio Buds.
- Two different sizes models
- A new skin-detect sensor like AirPods 3 to detect when the earbuds are in or out of the ear.
- Support Apple Lossless (ALAC) format.
- Find My network support.
- New charging case with a speaker to play sound.
- A metal loop on the charging case to hang a strap.
As for a more precise launch date, renowned tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that AirPods Pro 2 will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022.
In October 2021, Apple launched AirPods 3 at the “Unleashed” event with an all-new design and advanced features. Unlike the predecessor AirPods 2 model, the new AirPods have shorter stems, intuitive force sensors for media control, and a shorter and wider charging case like the AirPods Pro. It also offers spatial audio support, a longer battery, compatibility with MagSafe wireless charging, IPX4 rating sweat, and water resistance earbuds, and more.
The new paywalled article also mentions that the new AirPods were popular amongst consumers. Thus, Apple is gearing up to meet the high demand for its wireless Bluetooth headphones.