With several Apple hardware launches done, there’s been some news on the AirPods Pro 2 front, with the latest speculation providing a better impression of what we could be expecting.
It looks as if the new AirPods will take a step further with its design, could be available at the end of 2021 at the earliest and are tentatively titled as AirPods Pro Gen 2.
What else can we expect? Here are all the news, rumours and leaks about the AirPods Pro 2.
How much will the AirPods Pro 2 cost?
The current AirPods Pro retail for £249 and recent rumours suggest that they’ll be no change in terms of pricing for the upcoming earbuds.
LeaksApplePro tweeted that they’d have a price $249 (likely £249) and that they wouldn’t be as big an update over the current gen versions.
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When will the AirPods Pro 2 be released?
Ming-Chi Kuo, the ever-reliable Apple prognosticator, believes the second-gen AirPods Pro will be released in the second half of 2021.
We imagine this would be the earliest the headphones would go on sale, with other speculation indicating they’d go into production in the latter half of 2021, for a Q1 2022 release. In either case that’s still a while off.
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What will the next AirPods Pro look like?
The AirPods Pro offered a much improved design over the standard AirPods, and recent leaks they’re in line to get a more radical design.
According to Bloomberg’s sources, the AirPods Pro 2 will drop the stem completely. A design currently being used in tests has a more rounded shape that “fills more of a user’s ear”. It suggests something more like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live.
That contrasts with what Ming-Chi Kuo had to say a couple of months, reporting they’ll look the same, with just the internals set to be updated.
However, that’s not to say that the stem-less design will be the final one. Integrating ANC, antennas, controls and microphones into a smaller AirPods Pro casing has proved challenging according to the Bloomberg report, so it may turn out that Kuo is right. Again.
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What features will the new AirPods Pro have?
The first-generation AirPods Pro had Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, IPX4 resistance and Qi wireless charging.
We’d expect the Gen 2 Pro to have all the features that have been recently announced for the AirPods range, including Spatial Audio and Auto-switching.
Otherwise, according to the tweet from LeaksApplePro, the Gen 2 version will be a modest update, with slightly better noise-cancelling, better battery life and ambient light sensors. The latter we’ve heard about before. According to a report by DigiTimes/MacRumours, the light sensors may be able to track heart rate, detect health conditions, motion as well as other physical movements.
There’s also been plenty of scuttlebutt Apple’s aspirations with health related functionality. Patently Apple spied a 2017 patent request about a range of biometric features that could be included in future AirPods. This list of features includes a heart-rate sensor, and it’s thought to be arriving in the second-half of 2021. We do wonder if they’ll be crossover with the new features that have come to the Apple Watch Series 6.