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AirPods Pro 2: 3 rumored features that will bring music to your ears

Apple fans are crossing their fingers for a slimmer charging case and lossless audio support. (Image source: Unsplash)
Apple fans are crossing their fingers for a slimmer charging case and lossless audio support. (Image source: Unsplash)
This fall will mark three years since the AirPods Pro launched back in late 2019. While early adopters of the premium wireless headphones are surely suffering from the downsides of aging batteries, a second-gen model of AirPods Pro is expected to debut later this year, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. We take a deep dive into what users can expect from AirPods Pro 2.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author.

1. Higher audio fidelity

A little under a year ago, Apple launched lossless audio support for its entire catalog of over 75 million songs. However, due to limited bandwidth on Bluetooth-based products, including Apple’s own AirPods lineup, lossless audio compatibility was limited to third-party wired headphones. Due to the nature of the analog-to-digital conversion tech in Apple’s lightning to 3.5 mm audio cable, customers who wished to enjoy lossless playback via a wired connection on Apple’s US$549 Airpods Max were shockingly out of luck.

Thankfully, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicts that users can expect to see lossless audio support included in the next iteration of AirPods Pro. It will be interesting to see if Apple develops a new wireless communication protocol to enable the lossless playback on wireless buds. Perhaps a refreshed version of AirPlay capable of transmitting lossless audio with limited latency is in the cards. 

Will Apple remove the lightning cable from the box while also increasing the price of AirPods Pro 2? (Image source: Unsplash)
Will Apple remove the lightning cable from the box while also increasing the price of AirPods Pro 2? (Image source: Unsplash)

2. Design overhaul

Included in an earlier publication of Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter is the mention of AirPods Pro 2 featuring a significantly shorter stem or no stem design at all.

In addition to the refined bud design, a revised charging case is also expected to include a speaker for Find My support and a moderately altered form factor more similar to that of the narrower AirPods 3 charging case. 

3. Health tech and silicon upgrade

In December of 2021, reputable leaker Ming-Chi Kuo corroborated Gurman’s design predictions, adding that fans of AirPods Pro can expect to see a next-gen version include a “significantly upgraded chip” enabling support for Apple Lossless Codec (ALAC) and unique fitness-tracking features. A new health capability could allow AirPods Pro 2 to estimate an individual’s respiratory rate using special sound waves and microphone feedback. 

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Brahm Shank, 2022-05-10 (Update: 2022-05-10)