While the AirPods Pro are expected to be three years old later this year, Apple is expected to largely unveil an AirPods Pro 2 as soon as possible. Now a new report from DigiTimes added credit to that, with the revelation that Apple has started ramping up chip orders from NOR Flash, one of its major suppliers.
While the report does not give details on the release date, generally correct Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already filled this particular gap, predicting that the AirPods Pro 2 will arrive in the fourth quarter of this year with a series of updates. at small but important level. .
Along with the usual sound quality improvements you can expect from generation leaps, Kuo said the AirPods Pro 2 will likely be the first Apple headphones to support lossless audio through the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) format. of the society. On top of that, we can apparently expect these wireless headphones to be harder to lose, with a casing that can apparently make a sound to help you find it when it’s lost.
Kuo also confirmed the long-standing rumor that Apple will introduce some sort of health tracking features in the AirPods Pro 2. It remains to be seen whether it will be for those who don’t have an Apple Watch or features to complement. the laptop’s suite of fitness features.
Finally, Kuo reports that we can expect a “new form factor design,” without specifying what that might mean in practice. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says the AirPods Pro 2 could ditch the rods altogether, which wouldn’t be totally surprising given that the cheaper AirPods 3 came out with a much shorter rod than previous generations, suggesting Apple is considering it. as something that needs to be minimized.
That said, the only alleged AirPods Pro 2 images we’ve seen so far show headphones that look very similar, but with a slightly modified casing. Although the source has not been tested, the pictures show speaker holes in the case, which matches Kuo’s prediction, so there could well be something.
Whatever the future, the AirPods Pro have long had to be updated, having arrived for the first time on October 30, 2019. Although they still rank second on our list of the best wireless headphones you can buy. , competition is fierce and three years is a long time for a tech company to stand still, let alone Apple.