AirPods Pro are now 1,000 days old: What to expect from the next model

AirPods Pro launched 1,000 days ago today and is the oldest current generation Apple device still on sale.


Apple announced AirPods Pro on Monday, October 28, 2019. The earbuds went on sale immediately and orders began hitting customers on Thursday, October 31.

Apple continued to release AirPods Max in December 2020 and third-generation AirPods in October 2021. After discontinuing the iPod touch earlier this year, which is today 1,153 days old, AirPods Pro are Apple’s current oldest generation device still on sale, followed by the Mac Pro 2019 which is 957 days old today.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, BloombergMark Gorman, Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes We’ve said repeatedly that AirPods Pro‌ 2 will launch in the second half of 2022, so now it’s likely that the new model is only a few months away. According to reports from a range of sources, AirPods Pro 2 are expected to feature:

It has been suggested that AirPods Pro‌ 2 will have an updated chip, self-adaptive noise-cancelling capabilities, heart rate and temperature sensors, hearing capabilities, and a USB-C port, but Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman have cast doubt on this information.

It seems likely that the AirPods Pro‌ 2’s sound-emitting charging case will be integrated into the Find My app, similar to how users can currently make sound from individual AirPods inside the case to help find them. This is in line with purported leaked images of the next-generation AirPods Pro, which showed a charging case with speaker holes to emit location-tracking audio, allowing the earbuds and the case to be placed separately.

Lossless audio support is among the biggest expected upgrades for the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 and could have repercussions for the AirPods lineup in the future. Not all current Apple AirPods products, including the third generation AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, support lossless audio.

This is because AirPods play audio over Bluetooth, which limits them to the AAC codec. Apple’s high-quality lossless audio codecs may need to be streamed directly to AirPods to circumvent Bluetooth and enable a lossless listening experience, but it’s possible that Apple may develop a workaround to bypass Bluetooth’s current limits.

Kuo has narrowed the release of AirPods Pro‌ 2 to the fourth quarter of 2022, which runs from October through December of the year. This means that AirPods Pro‌ 2 could arrive about three years later than their predecessors. For more information, see our detailed AirPods Pro 2 guide.

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