New Apple AirPods Pro are coming in 2022: What to expect and what they may look like

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 24
Apple is expected to announce "AirPods Pro 2" sometime in 2022 with support for Lossless playback and a new in-ear design. Here's everything we know so far and some exclusive renders of the upcoming earbuds.

'AirPods Pro 2' next to the possible 'iPhone 14'
'AirPods Pro 2' next to the possible 'iPhone 14'


The AirPods Pro were first released in 2019 and haven't seen any upgrades since. The introduction of the AirPods 3 brought MagSafe to the charging case for both products, but a true second-generation device still hasn't been announced.

Rumors from the supply chain say that Apple is set to release the "AirPods Pro 2" late in 2022, which lines up with the usual product release cycle. A new design, health-focused features, and a more powerful processor are all rumored for the new earbuds.





An early leak showed the alleged SoC housing for the "AirPods Pro 2" in two sizes. This led to speculation that Apple would release the new earbuds in multiple sizes, but the rumor hasn't been repeated since.

Apple's competitors have moved to stemless earbuds with more covert designs. Rumors suggest that Apple may minimize the stem or remove it altogether in an updated product.

The 'AirPods Pro 2' could remove the stem altogether
The 'AirPods Pro 2' could remove the stem altogether


There is little chance of alternate color options since Apple didn't add any to the AirPods 3. The overall design will remain easily identifiable with the white-plastic exterior and changeable rubber tips.

Apple will need to address easy insertion and removal of the earbuds without stems. Also, the charging case design will likely move to a clamshell to take advantage of the more compact design.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the processor in the "AirPods Pro 2" will likely see a significant upgrade as well. The supposed H2 processor will enable improved intelligent features like auto-switching and on-device Siri controls. Also, the battery life should greatly improve thanks to a more efficient battery management system.

A new clamshell design may be used for the charging case
A new clamshell design may be used for the charging case


Lossless audio playback is also expected to arrive in some form for the earbuds. It isn't clear exactly how Apple will achieve this, but a new wireless standard involving WiFi or other wireless platforms will be required. Some speculate this new system with lossless playback support would be called AirPlay 3.

Several rumors point to health-focused applications for AirPods. They can already be used as basic hearing aids with Conversation Boost, but more health features may be coming. Heart rate, temperature sensing, and posture monitoring could all be coming to the "AirPods Pro 2."

The charging case with rear-facing speaker holes for Find My sounds
The charging case with rear-facing speaker holes for Find My sounds


The charging case could also see minor improvements, including an AirTag-like tracking feature, external speaker, and faster-charging speeds. A U1 chip and external speaker would significantly improve the Find My capabilities for AirPods, especially since the current case doesn't have a way to emit sound.

The "AirPods Pro 2" are expected to launch in the fall of 2022 at the same $250 price point.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    If this article’s predictions/speculations come true then I’m already on board for the new design… Never wore AirPods with the ridiculous tail down the sides of my face (plus the atrocious practically EarPods non-sound quality!). But AirPods Pro definitely floated my boat both aesthetically & sound wise so I grabbed ‘em and have never regretted it. No doubt getting used to not having the stalk to control playback & noise cancellation/transparency will be a short learning curve but that ain’t gonna spoil the enjoyment of my music that AirPods Pro have provided so far… Bring ‘em on Apple!
    edited January 24
  • Reply 2 of 12
    When can I preorder?
  • Reply 3 of 12
    Cesar Battistini MazieroCesar Battistini Maziero Posts: 245unconfirmed, member
    These will be hard to take off 
  • Reply 4 of 12
    Wesley HilliardWesley Hilliard Posts: 59member, moderator, editor
    These will be hard to take off 
    We played around with a few design ideas and this was the simplest to pull off for our renders. I expect we'll see some kind of convex indent for finger grips to get them in and out. Or perhaps you can simply roll them out with this shape. Hopefully we'll get more design leaks and see what Apple has planned as we get closer to the reveal.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    These will be hard to take off 
    Hopefully no harder than taking them out of the changing case.
  • Reply 6 of 12
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,385member
    I reckon they might still have a vestigial stalk.  
  • Reply 7 of 12
    If they don't do anything to change the part that goes in my ear, these will unfortunately still be useless to me.  I'm sad that I chose the wrong ear shape.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 8 of 12
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,055member
    If they don't do anything to change the part that goes in my ear, these will unfortunately still be useless to me.  I'm sad that I chose the wrong ear shape.
    None of the three tip sizes work, at all? That seems very rare. 
    williamlondon
  • Reply 9 of 12
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,055member
    These will be hard to take off 
    Sure, that seems likely for a shipping product from Apple.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 10 of 12
    If they don't do anything to change the part that goes in my ear, these will unfortunately still be useless to me.  I'm sad that I chose the wrong ear shape.
    None of the three tip sizes work, at all? That seems very rare. 
    None of them.  I've even tried mixing and matching them.  The "fit test" is next to useless for me; it variously showed each combination to be "correct" and "incorrect" on separate occasions.  I even went back to the Apple Store to make sure I wasn't doing something screwy.

    No matter what, they'll be falling out within a few minutes.  Even sitting on the couch watching TV, they'll work themselves out in 20-30 minutes.

    Fortunately, they work quite well for my wife, and she wears them damn near all the time now.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    So, not looking like you've got snot dripping from your ears is a definite plus.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    darkvader said:
    So, not looking like you've got snot dripping from your ears is a definite plus.
    Darkvader doesn't like it! What a surprise.
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