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Here’s what we know so far about the Apple AirPods Pro 2 – as well as what we hope to see in the future.

Even if the Apple AirPods Pro 2 aren’t officially available yet, there’s a lot riding on their success. This is due to the fact that the wireless earbuds market is flooded with excellent ‘buds that deliver powerful audio and active noise reduction.

The next-generation ‘pro’ earbuds, which are expected to follow in the footsteps of the AirPods 3, should also improve over the present AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro 2 are expected to have some of the improvements we’ve been hoping for, and we expect them to be among the best wireless earbuds anyone can buy in the near future.

Here’s what we know so far about the possible AirPods Pro 2 release date, pricing, specifications, features, and other important details.

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Airpods Pro 2 Release Date

Several reports have already surfaced stating that the AirPods Pro 2 will be released in 2022. Most recently, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that they will be available in the second half of this year and that they would be replacing the current AirPods.

Airpods Pro 2 Release Date
Airpods Pro 2 Release Date

That may not seem odd, but Apple typically keeps its previous models on the market and discounts them; this was the case with the AirPods 3, which allowed the AirPods 2 to remain on the market but at a discounted price of $50. The AirPods 3 have not performed as well as predicted, according to Kuo, and Apple is looking to “avoid making the same mistakes” with the Pro 2.

Kuo’s tweet isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the AirPods Pro 2 will be released this year – in fact, it’s not even the most recent. In addition, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has stated that the AirPods Pro 2 will be released later this year, while a rumor from MacRumors suggests that the second-generation device will hit store shelves in the fourth quarter of 2022. The information corresponds to an earlier suggestion from the more prolific Kuo.

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Airpods Pro 2 Price

The original AirPods Pro have an MSRP of $249, which made these wireless earbuds the most costly in their category at the time of their release. We don’t expect Apple to drop the price of its AirPods anytime soon, given how well they’ve been selling and the abundance of AirPods discounts available. This is especially true today that there are even more expensive alternatives available, like the Master & Dynamic MW08 and the Bowers & Wilkins PI7, to consider.

Our assumption is supported by a Twitter leaker, @LeakApplePro, who says that the AirPods Pro 2 will be priced at the same level as their predecessor.

To the contrary, if significant upgrades are implemented, Apple may feel obligated to boost the price by $25 or $50. Overall, however, it appears that the reports that Apple will maintain the $249 price for the AirPods Pro 2 are correct. Particularly if the original AirPods Pro wind up receiving a price reduction to make up for it.

As a result, the new AirPods 3 are priced at $179, significantly higher than the previous model’s price of $159. However, they include a wireless charging case as part of the package, which previously would have cost an additional $40. In addition, Apple has reduced the price of the AirPods 2 to $129, and it is likely that it will do the same with the Pro line. Keeping the new model at or near the same price as the previous model will cut the price of the old model and vice versa. Of course, all of this runs counter to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction that Apple will discontinue the AirPods Pro when the Pro 2 is released.

According to reports, Apple may potentially release an entry-level version of the AirPods Pro, which would be called the AirPods Pro Lite and would go on sale for $199 at an unspecified period in the near future. Certain high-end features would almost certainly be excluded from the Lite edition in order to keep the price as low as possible.

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Airpods Pro 2 Specs, Design, And Features 

The AirPods 3 2021 supports spatial audio but not noise cancellation. That feature appears to be exclusive to the ‘Pro’ buds, which is not surprising given that it is the primary difference between the standard AirPods and the AirPods Pro. What’s surprising is that the AirPods Pro 2 may ditch the stem entirely in favor of a rounder design, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ and Sony WF-1000XM4.

However, Bloomberg believes that cramming noise cancellation, wireless antennas, and microphones into a smaller AirPods Pro earbud housing has proven difficult thus far. At this point, it’s probably best to wish and hope for a stem-free aesthetic rather than risk our homes on it.

Apple’s in-ear AirPods are, of course, positioned above its Beats subsidiary brand lineup, so we anticipate a suitably premium set of features, led by active noise cancellation (ANC). In the AirPods Pro, Apple ignored the trend for user-selectable noise-canceling modes; noise cancellation is currently either on or off. The ‘Transparency’ mode is an exception, as it actively allows sound from the outside world. In our tests, we found the noise cancellation to be “strong” and effective, but it did have a minor impact on the timing of the music.

Could Apple implement more granular noise cancellation controls, as seen on competitors such as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds? Maybe…

We may also see a world-first in terms of ANC – the ability to turn it off when the earbuds accept a voice or code word. Active noise cancellation would be disabled when the headphones recognize the voice of a contact or a preset code word, according to an Apple patent, so that the wearer wouldn’t miss out on any conversations. It’s similar to Transparency mode, but it activates automatically. Neat.

Another patent indicates advanced head tracking. This could be used to improve the accuracy of Spatial Audio while also ensuring proper posture when performing certain yoga and pilates moves. This last feature will almost certainly be exclusive to Apple Fitness+.

The new AirPods Pro model appears to be powered by a new Apple wireless chip, which has the potential to improve noise cancellation, usability functions, and battery life.

Bluetooth 5 should be standard, as should hands-free Siri support. Having more battery life (currently, the Pros’ battery life is five hours for the earphones and another 19 hours from the charging case) would be a significant improvement, and we’d love to see volume controls built into the earphones themselves rather than having to dig our phones out or rely on Siri.

Airpods Pro 2 Specs, Design, And Features 
Airpods Pro 2 Specs, Design, And Features

Apple, on the other hand, may have something more special up its sleeve. According to one report, the AirPods Pro 2 may have ‘through-body’ controls, which would allow you to control them by having to touch your face, clicking your tongue, or making in-air hand gestures. There’s even a patent to prove it. We wouldn’t bet the farm on this one.

There’s also talk of some new activity tracker features. According to Digitimes, future AirPods will use light source sensors to take biometric measurements, possibly for monitoring blood oxygen levels, similar to how the 2020 Apple Watch Series 6 does.

Based on the information provided by MacRumors, this device may function in a manner similar to the clip-on pulse oximeters that are commonly used in hospitals to determine the amount of oxygen present in a patient’s bloodstream. Involving things, and given that we found the AirPods Pro to be a great workout companion, this feature could make them one of the true wireless earbuds for running.

As with the Apple Watch, this could also likely help them as a way of keeping tabs on your health and fitness levels (current tagline: “The future of health is on your wrist”). Given the overall health events of the last two years, it could be a tempting prospect for many.

We can also anticipate an improvement in sound quality. The AirPods Pro, while still a step above average in-ear headphones is outperformed in terms of sound by the Sony WF-1000XM3 and WF-1000XM4, both of which are some more dynamic and attacking overall.

Apple may have a hit on its hands if it can combine premium sound quality with its usual winning ease of use (and more importantly, in our ears).

Finally, the charging case may be redesigned. The AirPods Pro 2 case, according to Macotakara’s sources, will be slightly taller and narrower than the current one. Granted, it’s not a huge change, but it’s a design tweak nonetheless.

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AirPods Pro 2 vs AirPods Pro

The comparison between Apple’s next Pro proposal and its predecessor is still premature, but we may make reasonable guesses based on the information we have so far.

It is anticipated that the stems will be shorter (or maybe non-existent), which will allow the charging case to be smaller – and hopefully with an even larger battery. As a result, it may provide room for more advanced drivers, which would result in improved audio performance. The possibility of additional space for noise-canceling components means we may expect Apple to release its most advanced in-ear noise cancellation technology to date, although one that is not controlled by the stem squeeze mechanism (which we actually found a little fiddly anyway).

Additionally, the new AirPods Pro is not without flaws; issues with ANC and crackling in certain pairs led to Apple offering free replacements to customers who were hampered by the problem. The revised AirPods Pro 2 model, which should be released soon, should fix this issue.

We’ll keep you updated as soon as the anticipated launch date approaches. Stay tuned.

Maria Gaspar
Maria Gaspar
Maria is an Ireland-based freelance writer. She has over seven years of expertise managing corporate blogs, social media, and public relations efforts. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of England and has studied journalism with the National Council of Teachers of Journalism.

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