Apple AirPods Pro 2, AirPods Max Important Updates Coming, Insider Claims

The next AirPods Pro are on their way, and early adopters who bought them more than two years ago may be grateful. That’s according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, in his latest Power On newsletter.

Gurman corroborates rumors that the next AirPods Pro, the second-generation version, will arrive this year.

As he points out, by the time AirPods Pro 2 arrive, it will be almost three years since the first version. That means, if you were an early adopter—as I was—your headphones will be due for a refresh, or, as Gurman puts it: “The current model has been on the market since fall of 2019, so the batteries are already probably in trouble for some early adopters.”

I’ll just add that on a personal note, my AirPods Pro are doing just fine, with no noticeable drop in performance.

But I may not be alone and others may be glad of the upgrade. Gurman sets the timing for new AirPods Pro “in the fall”. That’s not a big surprise, though note that the original AirPods Pro were not launched at an Apple keynote but separately, so don’t expect the next earbuds to be announced alongside the next iPhone, for instance.

There have been plenty of reports already for the next earbuds, including sensors which will make them sophisticated devices for health monitoring.

And a new design seems likely, including a reduced stem compared to the current model, or even no stem at all.

Even more important than the design, it’s likely that the next AirPods Pro could offer lossless audio. I’ve talked to Apple a lot about lossless audio and it seems to me that offering it on Apple’s own headphones, something that isn’t currently available, is likely a priority for the guys in R&D.

Gurman also talks about AirPods Max. While it’s not thought there’s an update to the over-ears headphones, new colors may be on the way. And even a price drop, Gurman hopes, though I’m less certain about that.

New colors would be good, and makes sense—Apple loves to refresh colors in its iPhone and iPad range so why not AirPods Max?

And if the next AirPods Pro do manage lossless audio, updating the top-of-the-range AirPods Max seems a strong possibility, even a racing certainty.

AirPods Pro 2 and new AirPods Max colors will almost definitely be her within months. Stay tuned for more details as we have them.

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