New AirPods Pro could launch in 2022 with a focus on fitness tracking

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Apple’s second-gen AirPods Pro will launch next year, following the release of an updated pair of standard AirPods this year, according to a new reporting of Bloomberg. The new AirPods Pro will reportedly feature improved motion sensors to enable fitness tracking, while the entry-level AirPods will have an updated design similar to the Pro models, along with a shorter stem.

In a previous report from last year Bloomberg said the upcoming AirPods Pro could drop the stem completely in favor of a more compact design similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus or Google’s Pixel Buds. However, at that point Bloomberg noted that design challenges meant these plans could change. According to the latest report, Apple “tested” this design, which sounds like it is not guaranteed to appear in the final model.

In addition to the two new AirPods models, Apple is reportedly developing a HomePod equipped with a screen, as well as a separate Apple TV-like device that can include a speaker and camera for video calling.

The new AirPods would be the first updates to Apple’s true wireless line-up in over a year. Apple first released its AirPods Pro in late 2019, while the entry-level AirPods haven’t been updated since March 2019. In December, it released its first AirPods over-ear headphones, the AirPods Max.