AirPods Pro 2: five new features and improvements to expect

Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro are finally nearing launch, with an expected release later this year. If you’re planning on upgrading to the new AirPods Pro once they’re released, keep reading for a list of five new features to expect.

In addition to all-new features, the second-generation AirPods Pro will likely adopt some features added to the standard AirPods last year.

H2 chip

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new AirPods Pro will feature a “significantly improved” wireless chip over the original AirPods Pro’s H1 chip. The new chip could be called “H2 chip” considering the improvements.

Kuo didn’t specify what benefits the new chip would bring, but since the H1 chip powers audio-related functions, the upgraded chip in the second-generation AirPods Pro could lead to improvements in sound quality. , latency, active noise cancellation, transparency. fashion, Siri-powered features, and more.

The upgraded chip could also enable Apple Lossless audio support.

Longer battery life

While there haven’t been any firm rumors of the new AirPods Pro with longer battery life, it’s reasonable to expect improvements in this area given that nearly three years have passed. have passed since the launch of the original AirPods Pro.

Apple’s standard third-generation AirPods launched last year offer up to six hours of listening time per charge, compared to up to 4.5 hours for the current AirPods Pro. Even with Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode turned off, AirPods Pro last up to five hours per charge, which is even less than third-generation AirPods.

Charging case improvements

The charging case of the new AirPods Pro will be able to emit sound, which will make it easier to locate the case when it is lost, according to Kuo. AirPods Pro can already be tracked through the Find My app on an iPhone, but the charging case can’t play sound.

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It’s also likely that the new AirPods Pro charging case will have IPX4-rated water and sweat resistance, like the third-generation AirPods charging case. Currently, only the AirPods Pro headphones have water resistance, not the case.

The charging case is expected to remain compatible with Lightning before switching to USB-C in 2023.

Improved in-ear detection

Another feature that the next AirPods Pro will likely adopt from the third-generation AirPods is a skin detection sensor for more precise in-ear detection compared to the two optical sensors of the original AirPods Pro.

Apple says the Skin Detection sensor “precisely discriminates whether AirPods are in the ear — versus a pocket or on a table — and pauses playback when removed.”

fitness tracking

In May 2021, BloombergMark Gurman and Debby Wu reported that the second-generation AirPods Pro would include “updated motion sensors with a focus on fitness tracking,” but the report didn’t provide further details on the feature.

The AirPods Pro already come with a motion-sensing accelerometer, and it’s possible improvements to that sensor will enable some fitness-tracking capabilities, but Apple’s exact plans remain to be seen. On a potentially related note, iOS 16 allows the Fitness app to be used on an iPhone without an Apple Watch.

Design and release date

In 2020, Gurman and Wu reported that Apple had tested a more compact design for the new AirPods Pro that would eliminate the stems under the ear cups, similar to the Beats Studio Buds. However, more recent rumors suggest that the second-generation AirPods Pro won’t have any significant exterior-facing design changes.

The AirPods Pro were introduced with an Apple Newsroom press release on October 28, 2019, and launched two days later. The new AirPods Pro are expected to launch by the end of 2022, with September or October being the most likely two months for the headphones to release. The AirPods Pro are currently priced at $249 in the US, though they’re frequently discounted by retailers like Amazon and Best Buy.

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