(Pocket-lint) – Apple’s AirPods Pro came out at the end of October 2019, offering a different design to the original AirPods, along with sweat and water resistance, customised fit, active noise cancellation and advanced on-device controls.
What might their successor bring to the party though? Here is everything we have heard so far about the second generation of Apple AirPods Pro, which we are calling AirPods Pro 2.
Release date and price
A report from Bloomberg suggests the Apple AirPods Pro 2 could be released in 2021, with other sources suggesting it will be the latter half of 2021, possibly even early 2022.
There have also been reports claiming the AirPods Pro 2 could arrive in the first half of 2021 however, with some suggesting April. Nothing has been confirmed by Apple as yet though.
In terms of price, it’s been claimed the AirPods Pro 2 will cost $249 in the US, which is the same as the current AirPods Pro cost.
- No stem
- Two sizes
The AirPods Pro feature a smaller and more compact design to the original AirPods, along with custom fit earbuds, though the second gen model is said to be more compact still.
It’s claimed the design could go down the Samsung Galaxy Bud route, eliminating the stem entirely and offer a more rounded shape that fills more of the user’s ear. It’s also been claimed they could come in two size options.
Other reports have suggested the design will be slightly different to the current AirPods Pro but not significantly.
- Noise cancellation
- Adaptive EQ
- Sweat and water resistance
- Health monitoring
Similar features to the current AirPods Pro are expected in the next generation model, including noise cancellation, adaptive EQ and water and sweat resistance.
There is some talk that the AirPods Pro 2 could come with health monitoring features, such as the ability to monitor heart rate, detect head movement and count steps.
It’s also been said the noise cancellation will improve slightly and ambient light sensors will be on board.
- New wireless chip
- Battery improvements
It’s said the second generation of AirPods Pro will come with a new wireless chip – said to be called the W2 – which is also said to be found within the rumoured AirPods 3.
Along with a new wireless chip – which although unconfirmed seems fairly likely – battery improvements have also been reported. There has also been a suggestion that the charging case will be slightly redesigned, with the same 21mm thickness but with a height of 46mm and width of 54mm.
Apple AirPod Pro 2 rumours: What’s happened so far?
This is everything we have heard so far regarding the Apple AirPods Pro 2.
27 January 2021: Apple AirPods Pro 2 could be coming soon, another report suggests
A report from Digitimes claims the AirPods Pro 2 are set to launch in the first half of 2021 after a flash storage supplier was said to be ramping up production.
10 January 2021: Apple AirPods Pro 2 to launch in April 2021
A report from Macotakara claims the AirPods Pro 2 could arrive in April 2021, alongside the iPhone SE. The charging case is said to have a new design that will remain 21mm thick, but will be 46mm high and 54mm wide.
26 October 2020: Apple Plans Smaller AirPods Pro
19 October 2020: AirPods Pro 2 specs, release date and price leak on Twitter
Twitter users LeaksApplePro claimed to know a few details coming to the second generation AirPods Pro.
AirPods Pro gen 2
-Better battery life
-A bit better of noise cancelling.
-Ambient light sensors.
Overall, a not so great update, more of like the AirPods gen 2 over AirPods gen 1.
Expect them to release in Q4 2021 or Q1 2022.
— LeaksApplePro (@LeaksApplePro) October 19, 2020
22 July 2020: Analyst predicts Q4 for AirPods Pro 2
MacRumors reported that Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted the AirPods Pro 2 will go into mass production in Q4 of 2021 to Q1 of 2022. The report also discussed health monitoring features.
22 July 2020: AirPods assemblers gearing up for production in Vietnam
According to Digitimes, Apple is planning to reveal the second generation of AirPods Pro in the second half of 2021.
Writing by Britta O’Boyle.