According to a new AirPods Pro 2 leak, Apple’s wireless earbuds could be released in late 2022

Apple’s AirPods Pro 2 wireless earbuds are expected to be released in the second half of 2022, according to new evidence.

AirPods chip suppliers are ramping up manufacturing ahead of a commercial launch later this year, according to a DigiTimes report. This release timeline was first hinted at by noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo a month ago.

Following a surge in popularity around the end of 2021, the production of earlier AirPods lines has also boosted.

This rumor suggests that the AirPods Pro 2 will be unveiled in September 2022 or (more likely) October 2022, based on Apple’s usual event schedule — though Apple’s plans could change, so take this with a grain of salt until we hear an official announcement.

Irrespective of when Apple announced the AirPods Pro 2, based on the leaks we’ve heard so far, they appear to be a promising pair of wireless earbuds.

The AirPods Pro 2: What We Know

The AirPods Pro 2 will be released in October 2020, according to LeaksApplePro, with better active noise cancellation and fitness monitoring features, including the ability to assess blood oxygen levels on the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch 7.

According, “people familiar with the plans,” say the new AirPods Pro would be substantially redesigned, moving away from ear steams and toward a “more rounded shape that occupies more of a user’s ear.” While we can’t say for sure what the final product will look like, it sounds a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Buds and Google Pixel Buds.

Last but not least, the AirPods Pro 2 is expected to have a “substantially enhanced chip” compared to Apple’s current earbuds and over-ear headphones, the H1.

While details have yet to be confirmed, Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the AirPods Pro 2 would finally support Apple Lossless (ALAC) audio, making them the first AirPods to meet this level.

This appears to be the most plausible of all the rumors. One of the more embarrassing aspects of the AirPods lineup is that they don’t support Apple Music’s lossless audio, making them a less attractive option for Apple’s own platform than certain third-party competitors.

Apple’s VP of acoustics Gary Geaves said in an interview with What HiFi that his team needs “greater bandwidth” than Bluetooth gives, and that his team has “a variety of tricks we can play to maximize or go around some of the constraints of Bluetooth.”

If the claims are true, we should be able to see these tricks later this year.