Leaked images allegedly reveal the AirPods Pro 2 with changes made to the charging case
The person who handed over the image to MacRumors claims that they came from an “Apple internal source.” The only difference between the actual AirPods Pro and the photo allegedly revealing the sequel is the lack of the optical sensor found on the underside of each earbud. Considering that Apple has moved from using optical sensors to a skin-detect sensor with the AirPods 3, the missing optical sensor actually raises the possibility that the photo of the AirPods Pro 2 is genuine.
It isn’t clear what changes Apple might include with the AirPods Pro 2, but most likely these would be internal changes such as a larger capacity battery and possibly new chips providing a better audio experience. One physical change that appears in the photos is a metal strap holder on the side of the charging case that one could attach a strap to. While Apple hasn’t placed a strap holder on any other iteration of its AirPods charging cases, it doesn’t seem to be too far-fetched for Apple to include such a feature for the case that will accompany the AirPods Pro 2 next year.
We could see the sequel to the premium AirPods surface during the first quarter of 2022
When Apple unveiled the third-generation AirPods, it kept the second-generation AirPods as an entry-level model priced at $129. The AirPods 3 is priced at $179 and the AirPods Pro is $249. When the AirPods Pro sequel hits the market, we’d expect it to completely replace the current “Pro” version of the “earable” either at the same price or with a slight price hike. The goal is to offer “good,” “better,” and “best variants of the device.
Since the photos have not been confirmed as being genuine by Apple, we do recommend that you take them with a grain of salt. What usually happens in a situation like this is that the number of renders, photos, and press images grows exponentially the closer we get to the introduction of the device. If we had to guess, the AirPods Pro 2 could see the light of day next March.