Update from June 25 below. This article was first published on June 24, 2022.
The new leak seems to confirm that a very big update could come with another release of Apple’s headphones, the Apple AirPods Pro 2, expected later this year. New beta software for AirPods has just been released to developersand foreshadows something that sounds common, an updated Bluetooth codec for the Apple AirPods Max, but that could have spectacular implications, say, for future in-ear ones like the AirPods Pro.
As he states 9 to 5 MacThe developer claimed that the beta would mean that it would be possible for Apple AirPods Max to activate an updated Bluetooth codec called LC3.
Updated from June 25. Another report has just arrived with new information and renders of what the next AirPods Pro might look like. According to 52 soundLots of new features are coming, not just the sound improvements provided below.
The site claims that new information has arrived in 52Audio, which suggests an improved H1 chip. Well, that fits the predictions below, so that’s a good start.
But then it’s much more interesting. The new chip is said to have self-adaptive active noise cancellation. I’m not sure exactly how it would work, but it suggests that, like some in-ear headphones, it adjusts the way it interferes with incoming noise, depending on whether you’re on the road, on the street, in a room, and so on.
A new Find My feature is also expected. This rings with rumors that the charging case will be able to make noise, making it easier to find.
In previous reports, this led to pictures of a case with what looks like a speaker on the side. However, a new report says the new charging case will have a speaker grille on the bottom and the side area has “more holes” that are “added on both sides of the USB-C port at the bottom, and two larger holes on the bottom. the right side is protected by a decorative metal structure.
“We also found that the holes on the right side are the microphone for the hearing aid. Sound can be collected through a charging case and transferred to headphones to enhance sound and playback, helping people with hearing loss gain ambient sound. The speaker is at the bottom, which can play the sound itself, and works with the “Find My” application, which helps users find the position of the charging case faster.
The element of hearing loss is particularly interesting, suggesting that rumors of other AirPods Pro acting as hearing aids might be correct.
Another major change coming, it is claimed, is the detection of heart rate. There have been reports of health improvements coming into the headphones (based on comments from an Apple executive) and that would certainly be eligible.
Heart rate detection would use data from the inner ear to monitor heart rate, and there are reports of temperature detection, although the site is not so sure if this will happen.
Oh, and the design of the new AirPods Pro will look very similar to the current model, spreading rumors of a new look without a stopwatch.
Back to the great new codec…
Apple leaker ShrimpApplePro they tweeted about the allegations referring to their escape that L3C is approaching.
This will mean that the headset will have better voice calls to begin with. But it also suggests that AirPods Pro 2 could significantly improve the quality of music playback. The developers were able to enable LC3 (a low complexity communication codec) via the beta firmware on AirPods Max.
This is great for voice calls and Bluetooth stability, but the real increase in quality is likely to come with hardware that supports Bluetooth 5.2, which the AirPods Max doesn’t. Which brings us to the AirPods Pro 2, another headset that is expected to be launched by Apple.
According to the 9to5Mac, there will be another version of the Apple H1 chip, an audio processor that can handle Bluetooth 5.2, in the next AirPods Pro.
While this is not confirmation, the presence of LC3 links in the iPhone iOS 16 software and support for low-power audio support greatly increases the possibility that future AirPods Pro will have something of a holy grail for music lovers: lossless sound.
This is possible with some iPhone models, but not with existing AirPods. The prospect of lossless sound has been hinted at by reliable analysts such as Ming-Chi Kuo, and this new evidence reinforces the idea that it may come.
The low-energy part of the equation suggests that battery life will also improve. While not in AirPods Pro 2, it’s a great upgrade for AirPods Max. But I believe that the new generation of headphones will see this upgrade.
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