December 3, 2022

That is to say, in the special event held in the early morning of September 8, in addition to releasing the iPhone 14/Pro series, Apple may also release the Apple Watch Series 8, the new Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Pro and AirPods Pro.

AirPods Pro 2 to be released with iPhone 14? Illustration 1

What upgrades might Apple AirPods Pro 2 have?

According to the leaked information, the new AirPods Pro 2 is equipped with an upgraded H2 chip for improved audio quality, longer battery life, improved charging case support for Find My, improved in-ear detection, fitness tracking features, and more.

The AirPods Pro 2’s charging case is expected to receive Find My support, allowing users to track the location of the charging case in the Find My app in the event of loss or misplacement, even if the AirPods Pro is not in the case.

Additionally, references to LC3 codec support in the AirPods Max Beta firmware suggest that the AirPods Pro 2 will likely support Bluetooth 5.2.

This codec will bring greater stability and efficiency to wireless headphones. Not only that, but this new standard will help AirPods Pro 2 improve the sound quality of voice calls and songs, and support higher bit rates. While the Bluetooth Low Energy and LC3 codecs don’t promise “lossless Bluetooth,” they certainly improve sound quality considerably.

If Apple AirPods Pro 2 supports Bluetooth LE Audio technology, the following improvements may be made:

Improve audio quality and enjoy longer battery life for audio playback with the low-power LC3 audio codec.

LE Audio can transmit multiple simultaneous audio streams between a source device such as an iPhone or Mac and the AirPods Pro. This will allow separate left and right AirPods to each have a Bluetooth audio connection to a device that supports LE Audio audio for increased reliability.

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LE Audio will allow multiple pairs of AirPods to connect directly to future iPhones, iPads, Macs or other devices and play audio simultaneously.

LE Audio will allow AirPods to connect to multiple source devices like iPhones and Macs simultaneously, eliminating the need to switch AirPods between devices.

Has the appearance of AirPods Pro 2 changed much?

Recent rumors suggest that the AirPods Pro 2 won’t have any major design changes. Rumor has it that the AirPods Pro 2 charging case is still 21.38mm deep, 46mm high and 54mm wide. For comparison’s sake, the current AirPods Pro charging case is 45.2mm tall and 60.6mm wide.

According to CAD renderings shared on Twitter by AppleInsider’s Andrew O’Hara, the new charging case for the upcoming second-generation AirPods Pro may feature speaker holes, a microphone, and a lanyard cutout.

AirPods Pro 2 to be released with iPhone 14? Illustration 3

The charging case can make a sound when it is lost and supports the search function, so it has added a speaker opening. The renders also show a hole for what could be a microphone, although it’s unclear what it’s for. One possibility is that the microphone could be used with Apple’s accessibility feature, Live Listen, which could help someone hear conversations in a noisy area or room. The case’s microphone can pick up sound and send it to someone’s AirPods Pro, making it easier to hear.

The renders show a cutout on the right side of the case that could be used for the lanyard attachment seen in previous leaks. This feature makes it easier to attach the AirPods Pro case to the keychain without the need for additional accessories.

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It is impossible to tell whether it is a Lightning interface or a USB-C interface from the rendering, but there are rumors that the charging box will continue to use the Lightning interface this year and switch to the USB-C interface with the iPhone 15 series next year.

In addition, the new AirPods Pro charging case may also have IPX4 water and sweat resistance like the charging case of the third-generation AirPods. Currently, only the AirPods Pro earphones are waterproof, but not the charging case.

The second-generation AirPods Pro are expected to have longer battery life thanks to the more energy-efficient H2 chip and possibly the low-power LE audio standard that supports Bluetooth 5.2, but it’s unclear if the battery in the new charging case will be larger.