A new report says that AirPods Pro 2 will feature a new design, support Lossless audio as well as an updated charging case that can emit a sound to indicate its location.
It was just a few days ago when we covered an interview by What HiFi with Apple executives who spoke about the bandwidth limitations of Bluetooth. It seems that Apple has something cooking up in the labs that will allow it to bypass these limitations
AirPods Pro 2 will get support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) format
As per the note seen by 9to5Mac, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the new AirPods Pro 2 will support Apple Lossless (ALAC) format, which is great news for those who have been disappointed with the company’s lack of supporting hardware for high-quality audio.
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 18–20mn units in 2022.
The new form factor is expected to match the design of Beats Fit Pro and Beats Studio Buds, which means that they will not have stems. They are also expected to feature a new skin-detect sensor, similar to that of AirPods 3, which will detect when they are in the ear or not and enable them to play or pause playback accordingly.
Previous reports have also mentioned that the new AirPods Pro 2 case will feature Find My support, which the current case does not. It makes sense that the speaker in the new case that will emit a sound to indicate its location would work in conjunction with Find My network. However, it is unclear whether Apple will also include an Ultra-wideband (UWB) chip which will allow precise location tracking.
Kuo’s newest report also says that AirPods Pro 2 will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022. It is possible that by that time, Apple would also refresh AirPods Max with similar Lossless audio support.
Lossless audio support by itself should be enough to help push the sales numbers for AirPods Pro 2, as that is the obvious missing feature in its specifications. It already ticks the checkboxes for other features like battery life, microphone quality, active noise cancellation, transparency mode, replaceable ear tips, and more.