August 17, 2022

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AirPods Pro 2 release date, design, specs, price, leaks, and more

Half a decade ago, Apple shook the tech world by launching the AirPods to accompany the new line of iPhones that missed out on a headphone jack. Apple did receive a lot of criticism for removing the headphone jack which initially slowed down the sales of the original AirPods. However, after some time when people approached AirPods with a fresher mind, everyone realized how good and versatile they were. After that, the AirPods became so successful that today that AirPods are almost synonymous with the word TWS. Apple’s AirPods were the pair of TWS earphones that initiated the transition from wired earphones to wireless earphones and made TWS earphones from an enthusiast to a mainstream product for the everyday user.

The AirPods get updated every 3 years with the latest being the AirPods 3. However, in 2019 AirPods Pro was launched and was aimed at as Apple puts it, the”pro” user. Now the AirPods Pro got some features that the normal vanilla AirPods missed out on features like Active Noise Cancellation, Apple’s Spatial audio, silicone ear tips for a more secure fit, and longer battery life.

AirPods Pro 2

Credit: AppleInsider

Apple is expected to release the next generation of its very well-received AirPods Pro after the month of June, this year, as stated by a media report. According to a report made by DigiTimes, Apple’s suppliers are preparing their facilities for huge shipments of the new generation of the AirPods Pro.

The second generation of AirPods Pro is rumored to support Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) and can also have integrated AirTag features in the charging case that makes a sound to help you find it and support for Apple Lossless. In the most recent investors’ note held by Apple, the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that he is expecting increased integration in the AirPods Pro 2 of health features. In a recent memo, he said that the new AirPods Pro 2 is set to feature updated motion trackers and more sensors for better integration with fitness applications.

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AirPods are higher priced, target Apple device users, and aim to provide innovation and eco-experience to increase added value,” as stated by Ming-Chi Kuo.

AirPods Pro 2 Features

From a brand new design to awesome sound quality enhancements, we’ve heard plenty of tantalizing rumors about the so-called AirPods Pro 2. And if the latest patents filed by Apple are anything to go by, the AirPods Pro 2 could be the company’s most secure set of wireless earphones too. Now let’s take an in-depth look

Security

Ear ID- Touch ID’s weird cousin?

AirPods Pro 2 release date, design, specs, price, leaks, and more
Credit: Patently Apple

A recent patent filing by Apple has revealed that a new technology that is under development would allow AirPods to identify the users by the shape of the wearer’s ears. It sounds a little like Face ID for iPhone (Ear ID?) and could restrict usage for anyone whose ears aren’t, um, yours. And the same patent filings also reveal that the upcoming AirPods will even be able to detect your walking gait.

As revealed by Patently Apple, the details of the patent show how the upcoming AirPods may be able to detect the shape of the user’s ear canal. This very obvious security feature would prevent unauthorized users from using someone else’s AirPods and then gaining access to private information.

“Conventional systems may risk releasing personal information from an associated device to unauthorized wearers of corresponding headphones,” as the patent explains.

It all may sound a bit dystopian to the average everyday user just like it does to us, but hey – more security can only be a good thing. And then there are the truly weird rumors, such as Apple adding the ability to control your AirPods with your teeth (yes, we are as surprised as you are).

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Design

The iconic stem is no more

AirPods Pro 2 release date, design, specs, price, leaks, and more
Credit: Apple Inc.

With the basic AirPods getting updated with a whole new design this year, and the amazing high-end flagship AirPods Max arriving in the last 12 months, the old but still capable AirPods Pro are starting to look like a little bit dated. But if some new leaks are to be believed, the Pros are the next in line for an update – and the new AirPods just might totally transform how the earphones will connect to your devices.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed the new Pros will feature “an entirely new design that dispenses with the short stem that comes out of the bottom for a design similar to the Beats Fit Pro.” Seasoned Apple leaker Mark Gurman made similar claims last year, along with suggesting the basic AirPods would adopt a design akin to the AirPods Pro. And as we now know, that was very much the case with the AirPods 3.

But if rumors are anything to go by, that once-maligned, now iconic stem could soon be no more, with the AirPods Pro 2 switching to a rounded, in-ear design. Not only that but there are also plenty of rumors about the internals too.

New Features

Apple tries their best to bring lossless audio to the AirPods Pro 2

According to a recent patent, Apple is working on a brand new audio transmission technology, which could end up replacing Bluetooth. Why? That new technology could help the AirPods Pro 2 to become the first pair of TWS earphones to offer truly lossless sound quality. If so turns out to be the case, the AirPods Pro 2 could well become the first headphones to offer truly lossless sound quality.

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As revealed by Patently Apple, the patent filing describes how audio data could be transmitted “as an over-the-air radio frequency (RF) signal,” allowing for super high-quality playback. It is also capable of removing any delay – while Bluetooth ” may require tens of milliseconds for audio processing,” Apple’s proposed optical output could reduce this significantly.

Many leaks already suggest that Apple is looking at ways to improve the sound quality of its AirPods range. A few months ago, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in an investor report that the new AirPods Pro could be the first to support lossless audio, which could offer a “major selling point”. And that is certainly very true – right now, lossless audio is pretty much impossible over Bluetooth. And now we know how Apple is planning to get around the issue – by producing an entirely new type of audio connection.

AirPods Pro 2 Release Date

Kuo suggests that the new AirPods Pro 2 will arrive “in the last quarter of 2022”. Although rumors have suggested a 2022 launch for a while, this is the first time we’ve been given a timeframe – and it seems AirPods Pro fans could have a while to wait.

AirPods Pro 2 Price

There is no word around pricing however the AirPods Pro 2 are expected to be priced around $289 USD.

However, we must keep in mind that all these are still leaks and speculations. So, only time will tell what Apple has in store for the next generation of AirPods Pro.