Apple has been making itself a serious contender in the earbuds space, if for no other reason than using its AirPods makes the most of this whole end-to-end Apple thing. And now, we have some credible information about the AirPods Pro 2, the latest top-tier earbuds from Apple.
The rumour mill has well and truly kicked off for the AirPods Pro 2, so here’s everything we know so far.
AirPods Pro 2: what we know
When the AirPods Pro dropped, users of AirPods were in awe. The sound was phenomenal, noise cancellation had been nailed, Apple had improved on the original AirPods design and the comfort factor also got a plug in our review at the time.
With the third-gen AirPods announced in September, it’s only natural the next set to receive an upgrade would be the AirPods Pro.
While Apple is still tight-lipped on the next iteration of its AirPods Pro, we’re going to refer to them as the AirPods Pro 2 until we hear otherwise.
An array of new features
As reported by 9to5Mac, a developer confirmed that Apple’s can-like over-ear headphones, the AirPods Max, can support a higher quality Bluetooth codec, which will improve the quality of voice calls. The report tells us this feature could come to the AirPods Pro 2. 9to5Mac also confirms that the AirPods Pro 2 will feature the next version of the H1 chip, Apple’s own audio processor. Worth noting, no AirPods have Bluetooth 5.2 and the new H1 chip would be capable of enabling this.
Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also reported earlier this year that the audio experience on the AirPods Pro 2 will improve a lot. We’ve also heard talk that the AirPods Pro could act as somewhat of a hearing aid (advance accessibility features already enable the precursor for this right now).
We’re expecting (again, thanks to Kuo), the AirPods Pro 2 to retain the Lightning charger, as well as boast more fitness and health tracking capabilities.
One big change was also expected to be an in-built heart rate and body temperature sensor, but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has cast doubt on those rumours, saying such a feature is unlikely to come anytime soon. This lines up with rumours we’re hearing about the Apple Watch Series 8, which sees the company focus on its wearable for fitness and health capabilities. This could include the ability to tell a wearer if it believes they have a fever due to a higher than normal body temperature.
Also predicted is a new Find My function. A report from Forbes tells us this tracks with previous rumours claiming the charging case will be able to make a noise so they’re easier to find.
A potential redesign
Apple has not given the AirPods Pro any updates since its launch in 2019 other than a new MagSafe charging case.
The buds themselves are expected to have the same pressure-sensitive buttons on the stems as the previous generation. But, other reports indicate the AirPods Pro 2 might not have any stems at all. Gurman has said that Apple wants to make the AirPods Pro 2 more compact by eliminating the short stem that sticks out from the bottom.
Head over to GSMArena for leaked pics of what appears to be the new AirPods.
This article has been updated since it was first published.