Next-generation Apple AirPods Pro to gain skin-detect sensors and lossless support with minimal design changes
MacRumors claims to have received new information about the AirPods Pro 2, Apple's next pair of premium TWS earbuds. Still rumoured to be arriving in the autumn, the AirPods Pro 2 could launch during Apple's September hardware event, allegedly scheduled for September 13. Incidentally, the AirPods Pro 2 could debut alongside the iPhone 14 series and the Watch Series 8, plus even new Mac hardware.
According to MacRumors, the AirPods Pro 2 will retain its predecessor's design, rather than switching to a stemless build. However, the website reports that Apple has moved away from the IR sensors found in the original AirPods Pro, used to detect when you have removed an earbud from your ear. These sensors do not work perfectly though, as they can mistake other solid objects for skin. Incidentally, this is also the case with other premium earbuds like the Sony WF-1000XM4.
Instead, MacRumors alleges that the AirPods Pro 2 will rely on skin-detect sensors that Apple already uses in the AirPods 3. In short, MacRumors paints the AirPods Pro 2 as a minor visual update over its predecessor. The rumoured inclusion of Apple Lossless (ALAC) support should help distinguish the AirPods Pro 2 from the original AirPods Pro, particularly for Apple Music subscribers.