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AirPods Pro 2: What we know about Apple’s next ANC wireless earbuds

The Airpods Pro 2 are the highly anticipated and rumored follow-ups to Apple’s ANC AirPod Pro earbuds.

There has been plenty of rumours and speculation about Apple developing a sequel to its well-received AirPod Pro.

Speculation has led to a release that’s still a way off (2022), but we’ve also heard that there may be different versions of the headphones in development, one of which could come sooner. We’ve also heard a few tidbits on the design, which could see a few tweaks.

So, what have we learnt so far about AirPods Pro 2? Here’s everything that’s dropped about them so far.

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When will the AirPods Pro 2 be released?

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst based in Taiwan, he wrote a report that the next-gen AirPods Pro would go into production in the latter half of 2021, with a release date sometime in 2022.

There have been rumbles of an AirPods Pro Lite, which is thought to be a cheaper version of the Pro earbuds. Kuo scoffed at this and the thought of a new AirPods model arriving in 2020, believing they would more likely be a new Beats headphones.

Speculation has continued to rise that Apple is set to release a pair of AirPods sooner rather than later. Professional Apple botherer Jon Prosser has been leading the charge in this respect.

Could it be the Lite model that Prosser is referring to, or are these actually a new pair of Beats headphones?

Whatever the case, we can safely rule out the AirPods X over-ears, which are believed to still be coming in late 2020.

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How much will the AirPods Pro 2 cost?

The AirPods Pro are the most expensive pair of AirPods and you can bet dollars to donuts that the Pro 2 will incur a similar cost.

Considering how well the AirPods Pro appear to be selling, there’s no real need to reduce the price. If it is true that there’s an AirPods Pro Lite, that’ll likely occupy a cheaper price point. £249 sounds like its right on the money for the next AirPods Pro.

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AirPods Pro 2 design

The AirPods Pro had a much better design than the standard AirPods. They were more comfortable, noise isolation was batter, which made them more suited for different activities. According to Ming-Chi Kuo (him again), the design for the AirPods Pro 2 is expected to be the same, with the internal chip design getting an update.

That’s not to say that improvements couldn’t be though. We’d like to see a change to the capacitive stem, which is fiddly and not the most responsive.

Apple’s reluctance to offer the buds in anything other than glossy white means they easily attract dirt. Another colourway would be nice, if only for some more variety/personalisation in terms of colours.

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AirPods Pro 2 features

The first-generation AirPods Pro offered ANC, Transparency Mode, IPX4 resistance and Qi wireless charging.

Improvements could still be made in our estimation. Battery life was on the low side with 4.5 hours of juice. That’s fewer than Sony, Sennheiser, 1MORE or even Cleer Audio. A battery of life of around 7-8 hours per charge would at least give people peace of mind that it could last a few days before a re-charge is needed.

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