Apple may launch the second-generation AirPods Pro, dubbed Apple AirPods Pro 2, later this year. As per a recent tweet by known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the tech giant will launch the next-generation AirPods Pro in the second half of 2022. According to Kuo, demand for Apple AirPods 3 is significantly weaker than AirPods 2 due to failed product segmentation strategy. He further believes that Apple may discontinue AirPods Pro after the launch of AirPods Pro to avoid repeating the same mistake.
“AirPods 3 orders for 2-3Q22 have been cut by 30%+. Due to the failed product segmentation strategy, demand for AirPods 3 is significantly weaker than for AirPods 2. AirPods Pro may get discontinued after Apple launches AirPods Pro 2 in 2H22 to avoid repeating the same mistake.” tweet from Kuo reads.
According to previous predictions from the analyst, 2nd-generation AirPods Pro will be powered by an H2 processor that will enable features such as auto-switching and on-device Siri controls. The new chip is also rumoured to boost the battery life of the earbuds.
When it comes to design, reports suggest that Apple may reduce the size of the stem or it may remove it altogether from the earbuds. White-plastic exterior and replaceable rubber tips will likely be the same. As the company may get rid of the stems, then it may have to change the design of the charging case as well. Apple is rumoured to pair the upcoming earbuds with a clamshell closing charging case.
In terms of features, the company is working on a new AirPods feature that will work when it hears a specific codeword. The report suggests that the feature is aimed to turn on/off noise cancellation. The technology that will enable the feature was recently spotted on Apple’s patent application. Apple is also reportedly working on AirPods with various health features including posture and body temperature monitoring.