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Rumor | Next-gen AirPods Pro will upgrade to a case with Apple Find My integration and more

AirPods 2 case: possibly the same, but only from the front. (Source: MacRumors)
AirPods 2 case: possibly the same, but only from the front. (Source: MacRumors)
Apple is projected to launch second-gen AirPods Pro in 2022. These TWS earbuds have allegedly been captured in new renders hinting that their charging case will come with new and heretofore-unseen features. Then again, their source may be less than 100% reliable in this case.

Apple has now provided a new iteration of its AirPods; now, it is expected to do the same with the accessories'  Pro variants in 2022. They have been rumored to come with a completely new design that might even get rid of the signature stems. The latest renders allegedly showing these next-gen TWS earbuds do not support this theory; however, they do suggest some new and potentially useful alterations to their charging case.

The new images show that the "AirPods Pro 2 case" will be as squat, shiny and white as its alleged predecessor. However, further shots of the device's back and sides reveals something new: an inbuilt lanyard attachment, whereas the peripherals would have required an additional case or bumper to get this kind of functionality.

However, and possibly more crucially, the "new" case as portrayed here has what looks like lines of speaker-grille holes drilled in on either side of its USB type-C charging port, much like those of a phone. MacRumors, the blog that has published these renders, proposes that they are for novel on-board Find My support.

Accordingly, this case could also conceivably integrate AirTag technology. On the other hand, MacRumors concedes that their source for this new leak, identified only as "Xerxes", does not have many verified tips to their name to date.

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These new renders, reportedly derived from an "Apple internal source", may reveal some AirPod Pro 2-exclusive features. (Source: Xerxes via MacRumors)
These new renders, reportedly derived from an "Apple internal source", may reveal some AirPod Pro 2-exclusive features. (Source: Xerxes via MacRumors)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-10-24 (Update: 2021-10-24)