Notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to believe that Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro or the AirPods Pro 2, due to launch in 2022 will come with support for Lossless audio and a charging case capable of emitting sound for location tracking.
In a note to the investors, seen first by MacRumors, Kuo explains that the 2nd generation of the Pro versions of Apple’s AirPods will feature selling points that will ultimately lead to greater demand, with these two selling points beating ALAC or Apple Lossless audio and a new charging case with sound triggers.
Apple Could Launch AirPods Pro 2 with Lossless Audio, Sound Emitting Case
This case, capable of emitting sound might integrate with the iFind My app, quite similar as to how users are able to emit a sound from the AirPods from inside the case.
This sits well with previously leaked photos of the next-generation AirPods Pro 2, which included a charging case sporting speaker holes for emission of sound in relation to location tracking.
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Do note that as of now, all of the current AirPods products, including the new AirPods third-generation, the 1st gen AirPods Pros and the AirPods Max lack support for Lossless audio.
Kuo also adds that the next-generation earbuds or AirPods Pro 2 will without a doubt come with a fresh design and launch in the fourth quarter or Q4 of 2022, peculiarly a bit later than the previous third-quarter prediction by separate rumours. Kuo also believes that AirPods could come with support health monitoring features in some point in the future.
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In other Apple news, the 10.2-inch base iPad recently dipped to $299 as part of a new year sale. This sale was available only for the Space Gray hue and is being shipped and sold via Amazon. The holidays have seen multiple delays in deliveries, with the iPad itself featuring an estimated delivery date in late January.
For those curious, the all-new iPad 8th gen is equipped with a large 10.2-inch IPS Retina display having a resolution of 2160 x 1620 pixels. The display also offers 264 PPI pixel density along with a 500 nits brightness.
The display supports the first-gen Apple Pencil as well. Under the hood, the tablet runs on the A12 Bionic chipset. Not only the new chipset offers faster performance but also brings the “Neural Engine” capabilities to the entry-level iPad. The company is claiming two times better graphic performance than its predecessor.
Towards the rear, there is a single 8MP camera sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. The rear lens supports 1080p HD video recording at 30fps, slo-mo 720p at 120 fps along with video image stabilization. For FaceTime, there is a single 1.2MP snapper with retina flash, HDR, Live Photos, Burst Mode, and more.