AirPods Pro 2 leak in full: heartbeat sensor, new case and USB-C

The leak: Loads of new details about Apple’s upcoming AirPods Pro 2 headphones have been shared online, according to 52audio (83.3% accurate, source).

Here is everything that’s coming later this year…

  • While we see a similar design for the AirPods Pro buds, there are major changes to the case…including a microphone (and speaker for Find My)
  • There’s also new integration for hearing aids with the case, but the details on how exactly this feature works are fuzzy
  • USB-C will finally replace the Lighting port, too
  • There’s a new heart rate sensor inside AirPods Pro 2 that can, well, measure your heart rate…but the report also suggests that this same sensor could also be cable of measuring your body temperature
  • Sound quality is said to be the same as AirPods 3, but of course with the addition of active noise cancellation (ANC)

Sam’s take: Wow. These are going to be an absolutely killer upgrade. I see why it has been 3 years since AirPods Pro were last updated. I’m fascinated to know how the heart rate/temperature sensor is going to work on these…

AirPods 3 details: hybrid in-ear design, optional ear tips & coming soon for ~$150

The leak: New photos of AirPods 3 provide our closest look yet at the upcoming earbuds, shared first by 52audio (not yet tracked).

  • These new images show AirPods 3 as a ‘semi-in-ear’ design between AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro, with the option to use ear tips for a different fit
  • 52audio says the same H1 chip will remain, and the price will be around $150
  • AirPods 3 may launch as soon as Apple’s March 23 event

Our take: As I hoped, the ear tips will be optional! These look like they’ll be the perfect upgrade over AirPods 2, but I do find it out that apparently the same H1 audio chip will be inside…

AirPods 3 first look reveals all-new design and more (gallery)

The leak:, the same source that first gave us our first look at AirPods Pro in 2019, is back with images of what they claim to be is third-generation AirPods.

  • The new pods take a hybrid design between AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro, and feature new touch controls on the stem
  • While ear tips are depicted in some images, it’s unclear whether the in-ear design will be mandatory or optional
  • Rumors suggest AirPods 3 will be releasing as soon as April

Our take: I’m extremely concerned about the in-ear design as depicted in some images as it has not worked well for me on AirPods Pro. I really hope that those are optional, and not the intended method of listening for AirPods 3.

Leaked AirPods 3 images show all-new design and updated case

The leak: The first images of what may be AirPods 3 have surfaced online, courtesy of 52audio.

  • They look similar to AirPods Pro, but don’t seem to feature interchangeable ear tips like their counterpart
  • Apple seems to be sticking with a one-size-fits-all physique
  • An updated case is more compact than AirPods Pro, and has a much more compact and vertical design

Our take: I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is real. 52audio leaked AirPods Pro ahead of its unveil last year so I think they have a good pulse on this type of thing. So happy this is not the in-ear design we see on AirPods Pro.