AirPods Pro 2 release date could fall in late 2022 – but will we see the upgrades we need?

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Apple AirPods Pro 2 — the second generation of the company’s noise-canceling true wireless earbuds — will launch in late 2022, according to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Kuo says the new AirPods Pro will also come with a “quite advanced chip,” meaning Apple may move away from the H1 headphone chip that powers the current lineup of AirPods earbuds and over-ear headphones.

The chip inside the AirPods is the processor that enables them to connect to your device and deliver audio to your speakers. Hence, a new chip for the AirPods Pro 2 could bring with it several upgrades in both Bluetooth connectivity and audio performance.


The H1 chip was launched with the 2019 AirPods, and brought in faster pairing times, lower latency for gaming, and the ability to summon Siri with your voice alone. If Apple is introducing a new chip with the AirPods Pro 2, we’d love to see support for aptX HD, which will allow for wireless streaming of hi-res audio codecs at 24-bit/48kHz.

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Hi-res audio isn’t a priority for everyone, especially if you’re the kind of person who just wants to stick around a pair of earbuds to listen to podcasts on your commute.

There’s nothing wrong with that – but hi-res audio makes a big difference in how much detail you can get out of your music. More detail means more subtleties are revealed in the sound – from the previously unheard scratches of the fingers on a guitar fretboard to the full dynamic range of an orchestral crescendo – and this is exciting to anyone who considers himself a music lover. counts.

AptX HD could help Apple turn audiophiles in a way it hasn’t managed to do with the recently released AirPods 3; While the AirPods lineup has generally been touted as headphones for the casual listener, Apple could lend itself a lot of credibility in the audio space if it reaches the more discerning ears.

Plus, the lack of hi-res audio support seems a bit overlooked now that the original AirPods Pro can support other codecs like Dolby Atmos spatial audio and provide lossless audio at no extra cost to Apple Music customers.

Analysis: How does this rumor fit in with what we know so far about the AirPods Pro 2?

As well as hearing when they might arrive, we’ve also heard some rumors about new features that will come with the AirPods Pro 2. LeakedAppleProThe new earbuds will launch with improved active noise cancellation and fitness tracking features – including the ability to measure your blood oxygen levels, as on the Apple Watch 6.

They can also look very different from the original AirPods Pro. According to a Bloomberg report, which cites “people familiar with the plans,” the AirPods Pro will get a design overhaul in 2021, eliminating the ear stems entirely, adding “a more rounded shape that allows the user’s ear to be more visible.” in favor of” – just like the Samsung Galaxy Buds and Google Pixel Buds.

A revision of the controversial design that has stuck around for so long would certainly shake things up. not us Hatred The AirPods Pro’s protruding stems, but they seem quite unnecessary when so many other companies manage to pack all the technology they need into smaller, stem-less designs.

However, that design is not set in stone. Bloomberg says fitting the AirPods Pro’s features, including antennas and microphones, into a more compact build has proved a challenge for Apple so far, which “could result in a less ambitious design when the final product is finalized”.

Whatever the AirPods Pro 2 looks, sounds, and performs like, it doesn’t look like we’ll find out for nearly another year — and if last year’s AirPods 3’s rumour-then-disappointment cycle is anything to go by. Yes, we could have waited longer.

Like any rumor, we can’t say with certainty that the AirPods Pro 2 will launch in late 2022 — Apple hasn’t confirmed whether it plans to release a new version of its noise-canceling earbuds. being or not.

However, Ming-Chi Kuo has often been proven correct in his predictions, and his claims support a previous report by a Twitter user. @fronttron (via Nerdshala), who said the launch of premium wireless earbuds has been pushed back from Q2 2022 to Q3 2022 for an as yet unspecified reason.

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