According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple AirPods Pro 2 will come with lossless audio support and a charging case that can make a sound for location tracking.
According to MacRumors’ report, Kuo says the second-generation AirPods Pro will have Apple Lossless (ALAC) audio support and features where users can trigger a sound to highlight the device’s position, similar to the AirTag.
It seems likely that this noise-making charging case will be integrated into the Find My app, similar to how users can currently make sounds from their individual AirPods inside the case to help them find them. This confirms leaked photos that show the next-gen AirPods Pro a charging case that makes sounds for location tracking and has speaker holes that allow the earphones and case to be placed separately.
Not all Apple’s current AirPods products support Lossless audio, including third-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. This is because AirPods play audio over Bluetooth and limit them to the AAC codec. Higher quality Apple Lossless Audio Codec files may need to be transferred directly to AirPods to sell Bluetooth and provide a Lossless streaming experience. Of course, it is possible for Apple to develop an alternative solution.
Finally, Kuo suggests that the next-gen earphones will feature a new design and launch in the fourth quarter of 2022, slightly later than the third-quarter estimate suggested by other rumors. Kuo still believes that AirPods may support health monitoring features in the future. On the other hand, there is no statement about whether these health features will be on AirPods Pro 2.