Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro are finally nearing launch, expected to be released later this year. If you’re considering upgrading after the release of the new AirPods Pro, keep reading for a list of five new features to expect.
In addition to all the new features, the second-generation AirPods Pro will likely adopt some of the features added to the standard AirPods last year.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new AirPods Pro will have a “significantly advanced” wireless chip compared to the H1 chip in the original AirPods Pro. Given the improvements, the new chip may be branded as the “H2 chip”.
Kuo didn’t elaborate on what benefits the new chip would provide, but given that the H1 chip powers audio-related tasks, the upgraded chip in the second-generation AirPods Pro will result in increased sound quality, latency, active Noise cancellation, transparency can be improved. modes, features powered by Siri, and more.
The upgraded chip could also enable Apple lossless audio support.
long battery life
While there aren’t any solid rumors about the new AirPods Pro with longer battery life, it’s reasonable to expect improvements in this area, as almost three years have passed since the original AirPods Pro was launched.
Apple’s standard third-generation AirPods released last year offer up to six hours of listening time per charge, compared to up to 4.5 hours for the current AirPods Pro. Even with active noise cancellation and transparency modes turned off, the AirPods Pro lasted up to five hours per charge, which is still less than the third-generation AirPods.
charging case enhancement
According to Kuo, the charging case for the new AirPods Pro will be able to emit a sound, making it easier to locate if the case is lost. AirPods Pro can already be tracked via Find My app on iPhone, but charging case can’t play sound.
It is also likely that the new AirPods Pro charging case will have IPX4-rated water and sweat resistance like the charging case for the third generation AirPods. Currently, only the AirPods Pro earbuds have water resistance and this is not the case.
The charging case is expected to stick to Lightning before switching to USB-C in 2023.
Better in-ear detection
Yet another feature that the next AirPods Pro is likely to adopt from the third-generation AirPods is a skin-detect sensor for more accurate in-ear detection than the dual optical sensors in the original AirPods Pro.
Apple says the skin-detect sensor “accurately detects whether AirPods are in the ear — versus in a pocket or on a table — and pauses playback when removed.”
In May 2021, bloombergMark Gurman and Debbie Wu reported that the second-generation AirPods Pro will include “updated motion sensors with a focus on fitness tracking,” but the report didn’t provide any further details about the feature.
The AirPods Pro is already equipped with a motion-detecting accelerometer, and it’s possible that improvements to this sensor will allow for some fitness tracking capabilities, but Apple’s exact plans remain to be seen. On a possibly related note, iOS 16 allows the fitness app to be used on the iPhone without the Apple Watch.
Design and release date
Back in 2020, Gurman and Wu reported that Apple was testing a more compact design for the new AirPods Pro that would eliminate the stems on the underside of the earbuds, similar to the Beats Studio Buds. However, recent rumors suggest that the second-generation AirPods Pro will not feature any significant outward-facing design changes.
AirPods Pro to a . was introduced with Apple Newsroom Press Release Launched on October 28, 2019 and two days later. The new AirPods Pro is expected to launch by the end of 2022, with September or October being the two most likely months for the headphones to be released. AirPods Pro currently cost $249 in the United States, although they are often discounted by resellers like Amazon and Best Buy.