Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro are lastly nearing launch, with a launch anticipated later this yr. If you’re contemplating upgrading to the brand new AirPods Pro as soon as they’re launched, hold studying for an inventory of 5 new options to anticipate.
As well as to all-new options, the second-generation AirPods Pro will probably undertake some options added to the usual AirPods final yr.
The brand new AirPods Pro will function a “considerably upgraded” wi-fi chip in contrast to the H1 chip within the unique AirPods Pro, in accordance to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The brand new chip could possibly be branded as an “H2 chip” given the enhancements.
Kuo didn’t elaborate on what advantages the brand new chip would offer, however provided that the H1 chip powers audio-related capabilities, the upgraded chip within the second-generation AirPods Pro may lead to enhancements to sound high quality, latency, lively noise cancellation, Transparency mode, options powered by Siri, and extra.
The upgraded chip may additionally allow Apple Lossless audio help.
Longer Battery Life
Whereas there have not been any agency rumors in regards to the new AirPods Pro that includes longer battery life, it is affordable to anticipate enhancements on this space given that just about three years have handed for the reason that unique AirPods Pro launched.
Apple’s customary third-generation AirPods launched final yr present up to six hours of listening time per cost, in contrast to up to 4.5 hours for the present AirPods Pro. Even with lively noise cancellation and Transparency mode turned off, the AirPods Pro final up to 5 hours per cost, which continues to be lower than the third-generation AirPods.
Charging Case Enhancements
The charging case for the brand new AirPods Pro will probably be ready to emit a sound, making it simpler to find the case when it’s misplaced, in accordance to Kuo. AirPods Pro can already be tracked by way of the Discover My app on an iPhone, however the charging case can’t play a sound.
It is also probably the brand new AirPods Pro charging case may have IPX4-rated water and sweat resistance just like the charging case for the third-generation AirPods. At present, solely the AirPods Pro earbuds have water resistance and not the case.
The charging case is anticipated to keep on with Lightning earlier than switching to USB-C in 2023.
Improved In-Ear Detection
Yet one more function that the following AirPods Pro will probably undertake from the third-generation AirPods is a skin-detect sensor for extra correct in-ear detection in contrast to the twin optical sensors within the unique AirPods Pro.
Apple says the skin-detect sensor “precisely discerns if AirPods are within the ear — versus in a pocket or on a desk — and pauses playback when eliminated.”
In Might 2021, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu reported that the second-generation AirPods Pro would come with “up to date movement sensors with a deal with health monitoring,” however the report didn’t present any additional particulars in regards to the function.
AirPods Pro are already geared up with a motion-detecting accelerometer, and it is attainable that enhancements to this sensor would enable for some health monitoring capabilities, however Apple’s precise plans stay to be seen. On a doubtlessly associated word, iOS 16 permits the Health app to be used on an iPhone with out an Apple Watch.
Design and Launch Date
Again in 2020, Gurman and Wu reported that Apple had examined a extra compact design for the brand new AirPods Pro that will get rid of the stems beneath the earbuds, comparable to Beats Studio Buds. Nonetheless, more moderen rumors recommend that the second-generation AirPods Pro won’t have any vital outward-facing design adjustments.
AirPods Pro have been launched with an Apple Newsroom press launch on October 28, 2019 and launched two days later. The brand new AirPods Pro are anticipated to launch by the top of 2022, with September or October the 2 almost certainly months for the headphones to be launched. AirPods Pro are at present priced at $249 in america, though they’re regularly discounted by resellers like Amazon and Greatest Purchase.