Our nearly three-year wait for a sequel to the 2019 AirPods Pro may soon come to an end, and we already have a pretty good idea of what they’ll bring. And thanks to a new report from 52audio, a complete picture of the new earbuds may have emerged.
In a lengthy article posted this weekend, the site says the new AirPods Pro will feature an improved version of the H1 chip that supports “self-adaptive active noise cancellation,” along with improved Find My, heart rate monitoring, a heavily modified USB-C. charging case and hearing aid functionality.
The heart rate feature, which will reportedly “collect and analyze the data from the wearer’s inner ear,” is said to be the first health-related sensor for Apple’s earbuds. The sensors may also be able to measure body temperature, but the site says this has not been confirmed. There are rumors of a similar sensor for the Apple Watch Series 8.
Curiously, the site reports that the overall design appears to be much the same as the 2019 model, with some cues from last year’s AirPods 3. That contrasts with the countless rumors we’ve heard that the new AirPods Pro will ditch the stems in favor of a flat, in-ear design, similar to the Beats Fit Pro.
According to 52audio, the biggest upgrade to the AirPods Pro could be the charging case. In addition to the main charging port, which will likely switch from Lightning to USB-C, there will be a small speaker to enhance Find My support and a microphone connection for hearing aids, although it’s unclear how the hearing aid function will work.
The site, which has frequently released images of new AirPods models before, is currently rated as 83.3 percent accurate on AppleTrack. It doesn’t cite or describe (even anonymously) any sources for this latest disclosure, so it’s unclear where the site got its information from.
Apple’s new AirPods Pro earbuds are strongly tipped to arrive in the fall alongside the iPhone 14 and nearly two dozen new Apple products. You can keep up with the latest leaks and speculations with our AirPods Pro 2 superguide.