Apple AirPods Pro 2 May Arrive This Year With USB-C
Apple’s long-awaited sequel to the AirPods Pro may be due for arrival in the third or fourth quarter of this year, boasting several new features.
A new report from PhoneArena on the AirPods Pro 2 suggests that the new model may feature USB-C instead of the company’s own Lighting port.
Apple is being forced to move away from the lightning port to adopt a ‘universal charging cable’ for portable devices, thanks to upcoming legislation in the EU.
While reports have stated previously that Apple is testing USB-C on new iPhones, the AirPods Pro 2 could be the first product from the company with the new port.
The Cupertino-based company is reportedly fitting the AirPods Pro 2 with several other features as well, including support for improved adaptive noise cancellation, EQ, Spatial Audio, and Audio sharing, all powered by the new System-in-Package (SIP) for the H1 chip. Apple also may potentially fit the new AirPods with sensors for temperature monitoring and heart rate monitoring, further bolstering their move to compete with fitness wearables from Garmin and FitBit.
A sensor that will be fitted is the ‘skin detect’ sensor, which detects water in the user’s skin to determine whether the user is wearing them or not.
The AirPods Pro 2 is also expected to feature a stem-like design like the previous generation, despite previous leaks suggesting otherwise.
Finally, Apple may potentially fit the new AirPods with their Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) which would make them the company’s first True Wireless (TWS) to support lossless audio.