Rumor: AirPods Pro 2 to Launch in Third Quarter of 2022

According to a new rumor, Apple will release the second-generation AirPods Pro during the third quarter 2022. This rumor is allegedly based upon supply chain sources.
Based on rumors, mockup of AirPods Pro 2

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst and well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple is working on the second-generation AirPods Pro. The new high-end earbuds will be released in 2022. Gurman and Kuo did not offer a specific launch date for the next-generation earbuds.

User @FronTron has updated a June claim that the "AirPods Pro 2", or "AirPods Pro 2," would be launched in the second quarter next year. According to the leaker, Apple's second-generation AirPods Pro is expected to arrive in Q3 2022. Traditionally, the third quarter spans 92 days between July 1st and September 30.

Although @FronTron's track record is poor for accurately leaking leaks, the leaker said to MacRumors that the tip came directly from the supply chain. It was based on the same source that predicted AirPods Pro 2 would be available next year. This information comes several days after Kuo stated the same thing in an investor note dated June 30, 2016. Although the information appears to be accurate, it is important to take the latest information with a grain at this time.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman stated that Apple wants to reduce the size of the AirPods Pro 2 by removing the stem at the bottom. Apple is believed to be testing a more rounded shape that fills more users' ears. However, it has been difficult to get the AirPods Pro's hardware into a smaller chassis. This could lead Gurman to caution that the plan might be abandoned.

MacRumors was able to obtain images of the second-generation AirPods Pro. These images contradict the stemless design rumors. However, they are from an unknown source and we cannot verify their accuracy.

In May, Gurman and Bloomberg's Debby Wu reported that Apple's second-generation AirPods Pro would include new motion sensors and a greater focus on fitness tracking. Other features expected to be included in the second-generation AirPods Pro are an IPX-4 water-resistant MagSafe Charging Case and new skin-detect sensor to replace the existing optical sensors.