AirPods Pro 2 to Launch Later This Year as Suppliers Reportedly Prepare Shipments

The second-generation AirPods Pro are widely expected to launch in the second half of this year. In preparation for the launch, Apple's suppliers are getting ready for shipments of the new high-end AirPods, according to a new report from DigiTimes.

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The new second-generation ‌AirPods Pro‌ are widely expected to feature a new design, improved audio, the ability to play back Apple Music lossless audio, and more. The new ‌AirPods Pro‌ are scheduled to launch this year — specifically in the second half of 2022. Ahead of the release, today's report said that suppliers are beginning to prepare for shipments of the new wireless earphones.

The latest information about the new ‌AirPods Pro‌ comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who recently reported they would feature a redesigned charging case that can emit an audible noise for use with Find My. With ‌Find My‌ integration, only AirPods themselves emit a sound when pinged by a user. With the new ‌AirPods Pro‌, the case will have a speaker, allowing for a louder noise, making it easier to find.

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MacRumors had previously received pictures depicting what a tipster claimed to be the case for the upcoming ‌AirPods Pro‌. Those pictures show speaker holes and possible accessory attachments in the case itself. MacRumors cannot verify the accuracy of the images, but they do fall in line with new information shared by credible analyst ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌.

Alongside a new case, the new ‌AirPods Pro‌ will also support playback of lossless ‌Apple Music‌ audio. Due to limitations in Bluetooth bandwidth, none of Apple's existing AirPods models can playback lossless audio from ‌Apple Music‌. In a recent interview, an executive for the company admitted that the limitations of Bluetooth are hindering the potential of the AirPods experience and said the team wants "more bandwidth" than what Bluetooth alone can provide.

To catch up on everything we expect from the second-generation ‌AirPods Pro‌, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
31 months ago
Wonderful - I hope Apple will be introducing newer colors this year. Jet Black or Matte black would be awesome.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bandaman Avatar
31 months ago
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nimrad Avatar
31 months ago
I don't need the speaker if it doesn't include proper AirTag functionality. The Find My functionality for AirPods are useless IMHO.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
System603 Avatar
31 months ago
Dear (Tim) Apple, learn from your own Beats brand. This time with a USB-C, please.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bandaman Avatar
31 months ago

Wonderful - I hope Apple will be introducing newer colors. Jet Black or Matte black would be awesome.
Black would be lovely. If they don't release black this year, I might get a custom pair from ColorWare. I don't mind the white ones, but I've always preferred black headphones. I guess I'll wait until I see the redesign. Might look nice the way it is.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lazyrighteye Avatar
31 months ago

Wonderful - I hope Apple will be introducing newer colors this year. Jet Black or Matte black would be awesome.
Matte please. Thanks.
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