When to Expect New AirPods Pro to Launch in 2022

It has been over two years since Apple launched the AirPods Pro, and while the wireless earbuds haven't been updated since then, rumors suggest that second-generation AirPods Pro will finally be released next year.

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Key features of the current AirPods Pro include silicone ear tips, improved sound quality over standard AirPods, active noise cancellation, and a Conversation Boost feature that raises the volume of a person talking in front of you. AirPods Pro compete with the likes of Google's Pixel Buds, Samsung's Galaxy Buds, and Amazon's Echo Buds.

We've been hearing rumors about the second-generation AirPods Pro since shortly after the original ones launched, so keep reading to find out when the new AirPods Pro will likely be released and what new features we can expect.

AirPods Pro 2: Release Timeframe

While new AirPods Pro were initially rumored to launch within the first six months of 2022, this no longer appears to be the case.

In a research note earlier this month, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he now expects Apple to launch the second-generation AirPods Pro in the fourth quarter of 2022, which runs from October through December of the year.

Apple announced the original AirPods Pro with a press release on its website on October 30, 2019, which was also in the fourth quarter.

Should you buy AirPods Pro now or wait until the new ones are released? Catch up on rumored features below and decide for yourself.

AirPods Pro 2: Rumored Features

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu have previously reported that Apple has tested a more compact design for the new AirPods Pro that would eliminate the stems that drop below the earbuds. If this ends up being the final design, the new AirPods Pro could look similar to Apple's Beats Studio Buds released in June 2021.

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Gurman and Wu also claimed the new AirPods Pro will feature motion sensors for fitness tracking capabilities alongside the Apple Watch.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new AirPods Pro will have a "significantly upgraded" wireless chip compared to the H1 chip in the current AirPods Pro. The chip powers audio-related functions like active noise cancellation, and improvements to this technology could result in improved battery life for longer listening time per charge. Kuo also expects the new AirPods Pro to support lossless audio available through Apple Music.

The new AirPods Pro charging case will be able to emit a sound to help users find it when misplaced, according to Kuo. It is likely that the next AirPods Pro will also have a water-resistant charging case, like the third-generation AirPods charging case.

If you ultimately decide to purchase the AirPods Pro now instead of waiting, keep in mind that they are often on sale on Amazon for significantly less than Apple's regular $249 price, so be sure to monitor our Apple Deals roundup.

For more details, check out AirPods Pro 2: Everything We Know So Far.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
13 months ago
Hopefully, Apple decided to introduce them in new colors. We need new colors, please.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipodlover77 Avatar
13 months ago
Maybe I'm the minority but I absolutely LOVE my Airpod Pros. Was checking the site as soon as the rumors went up and ordered ASAP once it did that suprise release during the middle of the week.
I have one of those ears where the original Airpods don't fit. Even at the slightest movement, the headphones would fall out.
The Pros are a god send. Was begrudingly using Jabras 75T and Galaxy Buds.
The Pros 2 will also be an instant purchase for me.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CaptMarvel Avatar
13 months ago
The Beats Fit Pro has bested the first generation Air Pods Pro. I wonder if they will add the rumored health features/sensors?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JustinCymbal Avatar
13 months ago
I think this article should be updated to mention the MagSafe update to the AirPods Pro back in October:

https://www.macrumors.com/2021/10/18/airpods-pro-magsafe-charging-case/

At the very top of this article, it says “and while the wireless earbuds haven't been updated since then”

Updating that sentence to reflect this minor update would be prudent
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
filmantopia Avatar
13 months ago
Hope my current AirPods Pro, purchased at launch, can hold out until then.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CWallace Avatar
13 months ago
Hopefully we will see a newer H2 SoC to replace the current H1 used in most Apple and Beats wireless headphones and maybe that can support the Apple Lossless Audio Codec. Qualcomm recently released their aptX Lossless technology that offers CD-quality lossless (16-bit 44.1KHz) over Bluetooth so if H2 can do ALAC at 16-bit 44.1KHz that would be nice.

A claimed Late 2022 release implies it will launch alongside the iPhone 14.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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