AirPods Pro now 1000 days old: what to expect from the next model?

Launched 1,000 days ago today, the AirPods Pro is the oldest current-generation Apple device still on sale.

Apple announced the AirPods Pro on Monday, October 28, 2019. The earbuds went on sale immediately and on Thursday, October 31, orders started pouring in to customers.

Apple then released the AirPods Max in December 2020 and the third-generation AirPods in October 2021. Following the discontinuation of the iPod touch earlier this year, which is 1153 days old today, the AirPods Pro‌ are the oldest current-generation Apple device still available. buy, followed by the 2019 Mac Pro, which is 957 days old today.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, and Taiwanese Industry Publication DigiTimes have repeatedly said that the AirPods Pro‌ 2 will be launched in the second half of 2022, so the new model is now probably only a matter of months away. According to reports from various sources, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 are expected to feature:

It has also been suggested that the “AirPods Pro” 2 will have an updated chip, self-adjusting noise cancellation, heart rate and temperature sensors, hearing aid capabilities, and a USB-C port, but Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman have doubts about this information.

It seems likely that the AirPods Pro‌ 2’s sound-emitting charging case will be integrated into the Find My app, similar to how users can currently play a sound from their individual AirPods in the case to help find them. This matches alleged leaked photos of the next-generation AirPods Pro, which showed a charging case with speaker holes to emit a sound for location tracking, allowing the earbuds and case to be placed separately.

Lossless audio support is one of the biggest upgrades expected for the AirPods Pro‌ 2 and could impact the AirPods lineup in the future. All of Apple’s current AirPods products, including the third-generation AirPods ‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌AirPods Max‌, do not support Lossless audio.

This is because AirPods play audio over Bluetooth, limiting them to the AAC codec. Higher quality Apple Lossless Audio Codec files may need to be streamed directly to AirPods to bypass Bluetooth and enable a Lossless listening experience, but it’s possible Apple could develop an alternative solution to get around Bluetooth’s current limits.

Kuo has limited the launch of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 to the fourth quarter of 2022, which runs from October to December of the year. This means that the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 could arrive about three years after their predecessors. For more information, see our detailed AirPods Pro 2 guide.

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