With the Unleashed event out of the way earlier this month, developments in spatial audio draw the focus to active noise-canceling earbuds in the Apple range. According to the leaked images Macrumors received from a user known only as “Xerxes”, Apple has plans to release an update to their flagship wireless earbuds the AirPods Pro 2 in early 2022. Although the information came from an unconfirmed source it could be plausible, as until now several sources have even suggested a release this year which does seem outlandish at this point, and Apple Leaks Pro’s Twitter feed suggested we could wait until the fall of 2022.
The design of the AirPods Pro 2
In June this year, Apple exec Kevin Lynch’s interview with the publication, Techcrunch, made a subtle suggestion that biometric data could be one of the key aspects of AirPods in the future. This falls in line with reports that the AirPods Pro 2 will be redesigned with motion tracking capabilities in order to focus on health and fitness integration features. Naturally, Lynch did not allude to the development of any model but he did say that “sensor fusion has all kinds of potential.” When we look across the product line to the newly released Apple Watch and iPhone and how AirPods have been integrated thus far, this technology can provide improved data tracking from two separate groups of sensors within a device.
As suggested in a Digitimes report, features that enable blood oxygen monitoring on the Apple Watch Series 6 could also allow other biometric data to be captured by measuring ambient light within an environment, so we could well see these with the AirPods Pro 2. With this update, we can also expect an improvement in energy efficiency, while the current Apple H1 chip aids features like Adaptive EQ and decreased audio latency. The new AirPods Pro should offer even better overall performance and user experience, with spatial audio support. We imagine the price will be in the vicinity of the previous model which was $249, and although the design in the leaked images looks conservative they don’t confirm the appearance of the final product.