The rumor: Apple’s highest-end earbuds are getting an update in 2022, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).
- AirPods Pro 2 are said to be releasing in the second half of this year, between July and December, according to the latest tweet from Kuo (see below)
- The current version of AirPods Pro is likely to be discontinued at this time, in order to spur sales of the second-generation model…and avoid the lackluster sales Apple is reportedly seeing for AirPods 3, as AirPods 2 are still being sold
Sam’s take: Even though AirPods 2 are a different shape than AirPods 3, I found it incredibly odd that Apple kept them on sale following the announcement of AirPods 3 last year. I feel like the vast majority of folks will go for the cheaper option when presented with both in an Apple Store unless they are grabbing the Pros. Which, by the way, already leaked a few months back…in the same bud design as now but with a revamped case that has speakers.