AirPods Pro 2 Charging Case With Three New Features Shown in Leaked Renders

A new charging case for the upcoming second-generation AirPods Pro could feature speaker holes, a microphone, and an opening for a lanyard attachment, according to alleged CAD renders of the case shared by AppleInsider's Andrew O'Hara on Twitter.

AirPods Pro 2 CAD

Alleged CAD of AirPods Pro 2 charging case shared by Andrew O'Hara

O'Hara said he could not verify the accuracy of the renders, but they do line up with previous rumors about the next AirPods Pro charging case.

The new charging case is expected to gain Find My support, allowing users to track the location of the case in the Find My app in the event it is lost or misplaced, even when the AirPods Pro are not placed in the case. Earlier this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the case will be able to emit a sound when lost, which would explain the addition of speaker holes.

The renders also show a single hole for what could be a microphone, although it is unclear what it would be used for. One possibility is that the microphone could be used for Apple's accessibility feature Live Listen, which can help someone to hear a conversation in a noisy area or across a room. The case's microphone could take in sound and send it to the AirPods Pro that someone is wearing, making the sound easier to hear.

Last, the renders show a cutout in the right side of the case that is likely intended for a lanyard attachment seen in a previous leak. This feature would make it easier to attach an AirPods Pro case to a keychain without the need for an extra accessory.

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It's not obvious from the CADs whether the case has a Lightning connector like the current version or a USB-C port, but rumors suggest the case will stick with Lightning this year and switch to USB-C along with the iPhone 15 next year. The case has also supported MagSafe wireless charging since receiving a minor revision in October 2021.

It's also likely the new AirPods Pro charging case will have IPX4-rated water and sweat resistance like the charging case for the third-generation AirPods. Currently, only the AirPods Pro earbuds have water resistance and not the case.

While the second-generation AirPods Pro are expected to have longer battery life thanks to a more power efficient H2 chip and potentially support for Bluetooth 5.2's low-power LE Audio standard, it's not clear if the battery in the new charging case will be any larger. The current AirPods Pro case is equipped with a 519 mAh battery.

Apple is expected to announce the new AirPods Pro by the end of 2022, but it's not clear exactly when they will be unveiled. Other features rumored for the new AirPods Pro include improved in-ear detection, fitness tracking capabilities, and more.

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Top Rated Comments

pdaholic Avatar
23 months ago
Hoping the 4th new feature is that they don’t sound distorted after 4 months of use.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SW3029 Avatar
23 months ago
Lack of USB-C on the AirPods Pro 2 case and the iPhone 14 Pro is why I'm hanging onto my iPhone X and original AirPods Pro for another year.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eric_WVGG Avatar
23 months ago

…i can’t leave home without my APP, but on my third replacement, Apple had enough time to fixed the issues - crackling, losing ANC, high pitch whistle, amplifying environment noise, deteriorating audio quality after months of use… hope this new one is much better, i prefer better sound quality and reliable, those case features i can live without.
Dang dude. I use APP every day and haven't had any of these problems
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eric_WVGG Avatar
23 months ago
thank gawd for the lanyard hole, every Airpod case should be on a keychain or rope of some kind

It would be nice if they re-used that adorable little popout-button from the 5th gen iPod Touch, though
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrmister Avatar
23 months ago

Hoping the 4th new feature is that they don’t sound distorted after 4 months of use.
THE ONLY FEATURE I NEED.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
munpip214 Avatar
23 months ago

What does 5.2 add?
LE Audio is the main thing. Higher quality audio and reduced power
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)