Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo started 2022 with his Apple AirPods Pro 2. After the launch of the third-gen AirPods, we’re expecting a significant step-up from the Pro as well.
According to Kuo, the AirPods Pro 2 will come with a new design, lossless audio support, and a charging case that can emit sound. That said, these are expected to debut in Q4 2022.
AirPods Pro 2 Features & Release Date
Early rumors also suggested that the AirPods Pro 2 would feature a stemless design. As of now, we can expect a Beats Fit Pro-like design.
While that’s all about the design, Kuo has raised our expectations with the claim of lossless audio support. Here’s what Kuo’s note says about the upcoming Apple earphones.
We expect Apple to launch AirPods Pro 2 in 4Q22 with new selling points, including a new form factor design, support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) format, and a charging case that can emit a sound for users to track.Ming-Chi Kuo
That said, support for ALAC, Apple’s lossless code will be a major step up. This is so because even the ridiculously pricey AirPods Max doesn’t support lossless audio. In a nutshell, the Pro 2 could also mean an upgrade for the Max.
Lastly, the new AirPods Pro 2 case will be able to make alert sounds. This should come in handy in finding the case if you lose it. Kuo also expects next-gen AirPods Pro shipments to reach 18-20 million units by 2022.
Apple AirPods have a good listening experience on offer. Paired with an Apple device, they seamlessly integrate into the Apple ecosystem. However, there should be more to this.
While Spatial Audio is one of the most significant advantages of AirPods, they don’t stand out as much as they should. We can say that Apple is playing safe in this regard.
Coming to lossless audio support, I don’t think it’d be as big a deal for the average joe. As for audiophiles, I think there are better IEMs and headphones that offer a purer experience.
Long story short, I’m not exactly sure where the AirPods Pro 2 will fit in if they get a hefty price tag with the lossless support. The release is expected to be Q4 2022, so we have plenty of time to figure it out.