Apple AirPods Pro 2: What we know so far about the new AirPods generation

Apple AirPods Pro 2: What we know so far about the new AirPods generation
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There are not many official details from Apple yet. The name has not yet been decided either – what we refer to here as Apple AirPods Pro 2 may be called something else afterwards. What is certain, however, is that Apple has new in-ears in the works – and we assume that they will be launched this year. In this article we collect all the information and rumors about the release date, technology and price for you.

Release date: Apple AirPods Pro 2 still in production in 2022?

The specter of the Apple AirPods Pro 2 has been haunting the tech world for a long time. According to the first rumours, the in-ears should have been on the market as early as April 2021. This prediction has not come true. Since then, several major Apple events have taken place – with no hint of a new ANC model.

Recently, however, the traces have thickened again. in one tweet writes Ming-Chi Kuo, the new True Wireless models will go into serial production in Vietnam in the second half of 2022. Ming-Chi Kuo should have been a household name for real Apple fans for a long time. The well-known and renowned market researcher specializes in products from the Cupertino-based mega corporation. He’s been responsible for quite a few informative leaks. His prediction is consistent with To report by LeaksApplePro from October 2021, according to which the Apple AirPods Pro 2 are not to be expected before the third quarter of 2022.

Lightning, no USB-C?

In addition to the date, Kuo’s tweets contain an interesting detail: the Apple AirPods Pro 2 are not expected to offer a USB-C port. Instead, Apple will again rely on its proprietary Lightning interface. That may be disappointing for many. Rumors that Apple was working on USB-C for its iPhones had suggested the technology could follow for Apple headphones as well.

What we already know: sound quality

LeaksApplePro, via associated website iDropNews, raised the possibility in May 2022 that the AirPods Pro 2 would be unveiled at an Apple event in September 2022, along with the iPhone 14. A September event would fit Apple’s usual annual schedule. According to this preview of Apple’s 2022 events, new iPhones are usually unveiled in September. Of course, nothing is official here either.

Interesting about the iDropNews article: It tries to make predictions about the technical dimensions of the Apple AirPods Pro 2. They are said to be the biggest headphone innovation from Apple since the original AirPods hit the market in 2016. The new in-ears should bring an interesting new design, excellent noise canceling and a new lossless codec. The latter in particular would close a gap in Apple’s range of headphones: Even the flagship over-ear headphones Apple AirPods Max “only” have the compressed codec AAC on board, so Apple customers have had to do without lossless music so far.

Design: Apple AirPods Pro 2 without stem

And what does LeaksApplePro say about the new design of the Apple AirPods Pro 2? Supposedly, the in-ears will no longer have a handle, as we are used to from the Apple AirPods 3 or the Apple Airpods Pro.

We already praised the in-ears for the shorter stem in our test – now it could soon be history!

How much do the Apple AirPods Pro 2 cost?

The information on the price is still very thin at the moment. LeaksApplePro has in October 2020 tweeted, the AirPods Pro 2 would cost $249 to launch. For comparison: the Apple AirPods Pro had an RRP of 279 euros. The leak is of course a bit older. If the previous rumors are confirmed, the AirPods Pro 2 would bring some new technology with them – and that usually has its price. Apart from the price increases that we have recently observed from other manufacturers.

Apple AirPods Pro 2: A big step forward?

If the AirPods Pro really come onto the market this year, they would share around three years from the previous generation. In the meantime, the true wireless field is highly competitive, with top models like the Sony WF-1000XM4 or the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3. If the Apple AirPods Pro 2 really are as new as the leaks promise, it could shake up the competition. Lossless support in particular would help Apple take a step forward. We are curious and will of course keep you informed about all new rumors as well as all official announcements!

Do you have experience with Apple headphones, maybe even with the Apple AirPods Pro? What would you like from a possible second generation? Tell us in the comments!

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