Next year’s AirPods Pro 2 will leave the current ones in the dust. Here is everything we know about the next pair of Pro earbuds from Apple.
Next fall, Apple is likely to bring the AirPods Pro 2 on stage together with the iPhone 14 and the Watch Series 8. And then, we might just get from a pair of Apple earbuds what we’ve wanted all along.
AirPods Pro 2: Stem Design and Case
For example, a refreshed design. Apple is said to improve the look of the AirPods in by … ditching the stems. This means the Pro 2 might end up looking a lot like the Beats Studio Buds. In translation – cute, sleek, and with a case that resembles a whole lot the AirPods one.
But then again, the stems are an Apple signature, therefore extremely recognizable. Without them, the Pro 2 could get lost in a sea of buds from Samsung, Amazon, or Bose.
By losing the stems, Apple will also have to move the force sensors, the ones enabling the touch controls. In the new iteration, those are probably going to rest on the buds themselves, which, by the way, should be slightly rounder this time around.
With new buds, we will have a new case, probably very similar to the Beats one. More importantly, the case is said to be water resistant for the Pro 2.
AirPods Pro 2: Processor, Fitness Tracking
What will the AirPods Pro 2 sound like? What will they be able to do?
For starters, Apple will ramp up the processor. The upgraded one should improve the acoustics and connectivity of the buds. The current AirPods Pro do not sound bad but with competition like Sony, Apple has to do better in the future.
Another thing we absolutely need and should come next year is fitness tracking. The Pro 2 should finally get those tracking smarts, although we can’t say the specific sensors Apple is considering at the moment.
Jabra did go with heart rate monitoring, while Amazon focused on tracking running sessions. So, 2022 will be a good time for Apple to step it up.
AirPods Pro 2: Battery, Charging, Price
Other upgrades we need and are likely to get with the Pro 2 are better battery life and a skin detector sensor.
Ideally, we’d get more battery life than on the AirPods 3 and reverse charging. The latter is something other companies have done and Apple is more than able to do it too. The iPhone 13 already has some sorts of reverse charging onboard so it would be cool to see the Pro 2 do the same.
We would also appreciate some higher res streaming support. Apple Music has so much lossless content but much of it can’t be streamed on AirPods Pro because they don’t support the codecs.
Making that work would make so much sense for Apple’s ecosystem strategy.
That’s about it! Apple seems to have plenty of room to to play with new features, fitness or audio, and even design for Pro 2. Especially since the pair of earbuds are going to cost $250 or $270, at the least.