AirPods Pro 2 tipped to launch with a radical redesign compared to past Apple AirPods
Mark Gurman has elaborated on his predictions for Apple's AirPods series, having hinted last week at an AirPods Pro upgrade being in the pipeline. For context, Apple's most recently refreshed the AirPods series with the AirPods 3, successors to the second-generation model that it introduced in March 2019. While still entry-level AirPods, the AirPods 3 are closer in design to the AirPods Pro, with shorter stems and force touch controls.
By contrast, the original AirPods Pro arrived in October 2019. According to Gurman, Apple has moved away from the AirPods Pro design with the second generation model. Tentatively called the AirPods Pro 2, Gurman alleges that the earbuds have a stemless design, an AirPods staple since the inaugural model launched in September 2016. Supposedly, the AirPods Pro 2 will resemble the Beats Studio Buds, pictured below.
Reputedly, the earbuds could support 'Find My' integration, which is missing from existing models. Currently, you can view where you last paired your AirPods to an iPhone or mark them as lost, which will then ping you an approximate location when they come into contact with another iPhone, iPad or Mac. Additionally, it seems likely that the AirPods Pro 2 will support MagSafe, Apple's magnetic and wireless charging method that it recently brought to the original AirPods Pro. Allegedly, the AirPods Pro 2 will arrive this autumn alongside the iPhone 14 series and a next-generation iPad Pro.