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It’s been two years since the original AirPods Pro launched. Needless to say, they are long overdue for the update. We’re calling Apple’s next pair of premium wireless earbuds AirPods Pro 2, but Apple might end up calling them a little differently, perhaps “the second generation of AirPods Pro.” However, TWS buds are not a complete mystery, thanks to numerous rumors, reports by industry insiders, and leaks. Here’s everything we know about the AirPods Pro 2.

Will there be Apple AirPods Pro 2?

AirPods Pro in the wireless charging case next to the iPhone and digital camera.

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Apple has yet to acknowledge the existence of AirPods Pro 2, but we first got the device from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in June 2021. According to Kuo, the second-generation AirPods Pro‌ will boost AirPod shipments to more than 100 million.

Analyst also recently mentioned That Apple plans to launch AirPods Pro 2 in 2022. He said the company may discontinue existing AirPods Pro once the new devices arrive. So if you’re planning on picking a pair anytime soon, you might want to hold off.

When will the Apple AirPods Pro 2 release date be?

Airpods Pro battery indicator
  • AirPods – September 7, 2016
  • AirPods (2nd generation) – March 20, 2019
  • AirPods Pro – October 30, 2019
  • Airpods (3rd generation) – October 18, 2021

So far, we don’t have an official release date for AirPods Pro 2 or even a concretely leaked date. Based on previous Apple AirPods release dates, we expect to see the earbuds drop sometime this fall, possibly along with the expected iPhone 14 launch in September or a little later in October.

According to Kuo, the AirPods Pro 2 will arrive in the late second half of 2022. However, according to the leaker FronTron, they could be launched in the third quarter, which basically means anywhere between July 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022. They told the tipster not She has a track record of accomplishments Mac rumors That information comes from supply chain sources.

Another fairly reliable leaker iDropNews Apple expects to launch AirPods Pro 2 at its September event along with the iPhone 14, which the leaker claims will take place on September 13th.

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What features and specifications will the Apple AirPods Pro 2 have?

A picture of the Apple AirPods Pro silicone earbuds removed from the earbud and into the man's hand.

AirPods Pro 2 are said to come with a completely new design. According to the 2020 report issued by Bloomberg Mark Gurman, Apple might be making the earbuds smaller by getting rid of the stem at the bottom — think Beats Studio Buds. The company is believed to be testing a “more rounded shape that fills more of the user’s ear”. However, Gurman also said that getting the devices into a smaller chassis has been a difficult task for Apple, and if it doesn’t work, the plan may be scrapped.


One of the most notable features of AirPods Pro 2 is fitness tracking. According to Gurman, the second generation of AirPods Pro will get updated motion sensors and a new chip for fitness tracking capabilities. The current AirPods Pro include the H1 chip that’s also found in the latest 3rd generation AirPods. The alleged chip upgrade is expected to improve with functions such as active noise cancellation, which could also increase battery life.

It looks like the buds will stick to the Lightning port for charging.

Speaking of the battery, there is no reliable information about its capacity or how long the new AirPods will last on a full charge. However, there are a few things we do know about the charging case.

Analyst Kuo previously claimed that the new AirPods Pro charging case will be able to emit a sound to help users find it. The case is expected to be as waterproof as the third-generation AirPods charging case. Unfortunately, he Resembles The buds will stick to the Lightning port for charging. Apple still isn’t ready to jump on the USB-C bandwagon, at least not before the first iPhone to support the connector.

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At WWDC 2021, Apple announced two new features that are trending on existing AirPods. This includes spatial audio support, the ability to announce notifications, Find My app alerts, and a new conversation-boosting feature to improve speech. These should also land on the new AirPods Pro since the original model got the upgrade.

Lossless sound

As for audio quality improvements, Kuo previously said that AirPods Pro 2 will support the ALAC audio codec. It is Apple’s own lossless audio compression technology that stands for Apple Lossless Audio Codec.

Apple is said to be working on a new codec to enable lossless audio.

We’re not sure how Apple will achieve this because their current line of wireless earbuds and headphones don’t support ALAC. That’s because Bluetooth connections aren’t lossless. You need a wired connection to your powered headphones, receivers, or speakers to enjoy Apple’s ALAC tracks on Apple Music. So he said, a leak in more than iDropNews He says Apple is working on a new codec that will work between iPhones and AirPods Pro 2 to enable lossless audio.

How much will the Apple AirPods Pro 2 cost?

AirPods Pro with case

The original AirPods Pro launched for $249. Apple usually matches their pricing, but if the AirPods Pro 2 bring a bunch of new features and improvements, their price could go up.

Tipster LeaksApplePro expects AirPods Pro 2 to be released in white at around $299. Compared to that, third-generation AirPods cost a lot less than $175. The Sony WF-1000MX4 headphones ($279), which are one of the best in the business, are also cheaper.

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These were all the Apple AirPods Pro 2 rumors we know. We’re sure we’ll hear more about the earbuds in the coming months. Keep checking back here for the latest information on the new AirPods. In the meantime, take the survey below and tell us which features you want the most on your second-generation AirPods Pro.

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