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AirPods Pro 2 rumoured to launch this year with one big disappointment

AirPods Pro 2 rumoured to launch this year with one big disappointment
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Apple's top of the range wireless earbuds are expected to get a sequel later this year. That's according to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a very good track record when it comes to these predictions.

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He tweeted that the AirPods Pro 2 will enter mass production in the second half of this year, which suggests they will launch soon after, probably some time in the autumn. They could even launch alongside the iPhone 14 in September, though it's more likely Apple would hold a second launch event soon after, so as not to steal the iPhone's thunder.

But if you were hoping for a switch to USB-C charging, you may be disappointed. Kuo predicts the Pro 2's charging case will stick with the Lightning port rather than adopting USB-C. Rumours have surfaced recently that Apple is testing USB-C for its iPhones, so it follows that accessories such as the AirPods would adopt the port too. But not yet, it seems.

Oh well, you can always make your own.

Kuo's tweet thread also mentions Apple will move production of the AirPods 2 to Vietnam from China. It's thought the California-based company wants to reduce its reliance on China.

The AirPods Pro launched in 2019, so a sequel is long overdue. Since then, we have seen numerous challengers rise up in the wireless earbud space, including the all-conquering Sony WF-1000XM4 and of course the AirPods 3. We are expecting the AirPods Pro 2 to feature a new design, more health tracking abilities and support for lossless.

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Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.