2022 is going to be a big year for electronic device makers, including Apple. The Cupertino giant is expected to update its Apple AirPods Pro. The wireless earbuds have remained virtually unchanged since their introduction in 2019, apart from the MagSafe-compatible case Apple introduced in 2021.
AirPods have become popular since Apple launched them to accompany the iPhone 7, which was the first iPhone to ditch the headphone jack. While the current generation has features like active noise cancellation, the version coming next year is expected to add further improvements, including fixing a design feature that has rankled many users!
In this article, we bring you everything we know about the AirPods Pro 2, coming from Apple next year!
When will the AirPods Pro 2 launch?
According to reports by Bloomberg and top Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo, the AirPods Pro 2 will launch in 2022. However, only Kuo gives a more exact time frame, claiming Apple will announce the device in the fourth quarter of the year.
If that is the case, the AirPods Pro 2 might come with the iPhone 14 lineup itself, along with new MacBook Pro hardware.
What design change could the AirPods Pro 2 get?
The AirPods Pro 2 may not look anything like the AirPods Pro because Apple might be eliminating the stem. The glossy white extension has been a fixture of the wireless earbuds since their introduction.
Bloomberg claims the AirPods Pro 2 will come with a stem-free look a la Beats Studio Buds, which Apple also owns. However, the report admitted Apple was testing the design. But since there is plenty of time before the expected release date, we are hopeful the loss of stem will make it into the final product.
If this happens, the AirPods Pro would have undergone the biggest change to it ever and will now look more like products from competitors like Amazon, Samsung, and Bose.
This also means Apple will have to find a new way to implement touch controls because the stems contain the sensor that reads touch inputs. Most likely, the sensors will end up inside the earbuds.
Apple will also have to redesign the case to match the purported new AirPods Pro shape. While this looks obvious, a Japanese blog has reported Apple is working on it, even including the dimensions of the case; it will be the same as the AirPods 3’s case. This means it will likely be water-resistant.
Any extra features coming to the AirPods Pro 2 in 2022?
Bloomberg reports that the Apple AirPods Pro 2 could get new motion tracking sensors, opening up new possibilities. This new addition could enable fitness tracking. This will align with Apple’s application for a patent in 2017 for how to gather biometric data through earbuds.
Some brands already offer fitness tracking in their earbuds that can track repeated activities and heart rates during workouts. They include the Jabra Elite Sport and Amazon Echo Buds.
While there is no source for this, it is natural for Apple to increase the battery life of the AirPods Pro 2, at least to match the level of the entry-level AirPods. Apple could also import the skin detector present in the AirPods 3 into the AirPods Pro 2. This feature will allow the AirPods Pro 2 to detect when it is making contact with the wearer’s ear or another surface.
How much will the AirPods Pro 2 cost?
There has been no word yet on the cost. However, with the original AirPods Pro due for a refresh, Apple might discontinue it. In that case, Apple could decide to simply apply the price of the AirPods Pro to its successor, meaning you could end up paying the same $249 for the AirPods Pro 2.
As things stand, Apple has enough brand awareness to not need to cut prices to introduce a new product or update to an existing product. So don’t keep your hopes up on a price cut.
If all the rumored and expected features make it into the AirPods Pro 2, it will remain a value buy for many people, despite its higher price.