It’s no secret that the much-anticipated AirPods Pro 2 Bluetooth headphones will look almost exactly like the current version, but according to a new leak, the same may not be said for the charging case.
Not only will you get relatively subtle design updates, but some impressive new audio features as well.
According to 52 Audio, which appears to be outlining a plethora of details of what could be leaked internal documents from Apple itself, the AirPods Pro 2 will offer all the features of the current model but will, as expected, add more health-related information including heart rate and heart rate sensors. temperature. The report doesn’t offer any new details on how these features might work, though it does refer to what an updated H1 chip might be to support these and countless other features.
The most interesting rumors revolve around audio enhancement for the case. That’s right, according to 52Audio, the AirPods Pro’s case gets a few microphones in the base – on either side of the Lightning (or USB-C) port. The microphones can be designed to collect ambient sound and deliver it directly to the AirPods Pro 2 headphones for an enhanced hearing aid experience.
There are other interesting if less impressive changes to the case, like a new speaker hole that works with Apple’s Find My to make a sound when you’re trying to locate the case. AirPods can already do that.
There’s also a new cutout on the side of the case that appears to be designed to support the introduction of an AirPods Pro case lanyard.
Most of these design changes are in line with previous leaks, though the latest rumors offer a little more context on how the AirPods pro 2 might use these features.
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Of course, these are all just rumors. Apple has yet to confirm the existence of the AirPods Pro 2, although it is highly likely that Apple will introduce an update for this extremely popular audio product.
Adding hearing aid features not only to the AirPods Pros themselves, but to the case makes perfect sense. For Apple, wearables are natural health devices. Most of the big Apple Watch updates have revolved around health and fitness monitoring and motivations.
We’d be shocked if the AirPods Pro 2 doesn’t include heart rate tracking, as the current model is already protected from sweat and should be a walking and training companion.
Are we upset that we don’t have a new look? Not really, especially if the next generation can make such a big difference in how we hear the world around us.
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