Apple announced AirPods Pro 2 at its “Far Out” event. While everyone is talking about the new Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro seriesthere’s one product that the Cupertino company has outdone – and that’s AirPods Pro 2. AirPods Pro 2 has everything you need – and more – but Apple has yet to announce a feature other than this product could offer.
The AirPods Pro 2 may look identical at first glance, but Apple has rebuilt these wireless headphones. Although we have yet to see how it improved in real life, the company’s promises are impressive.
Personally, the original AirPods Pro fits perfectly in my ears. The active noise cancellation is amazing and these are my favorite wireless headphones when I’m on the subway, taking a bus trip or need to disconnect from the world. With Apple claiming the new H2 chip can cancel noise up to twice as well, it’s something I’m looking forward to trying out.
And if the ANC has improved, so has the Transparency mode. Apple now calls it Adaptive Transparency, which the company says can “reduce loud ambient noise — like a passing vehicle siren, construction tools, or even loud spears at a concert.”
Moreover, AirPods Pro 2 has another long-awaited feature, which is touch control. Users can finally turn the volume down or up by swiping their fingers across the sterns of the AirPods.
While Apple tweaked the first AirPods Pro case to work with the Find My app, the company has finally added the U1 chip in its MagSafe charging case, making it easier than ever to locate wireless earbuds. – and also makes them play sound through its built-in speakers.
Finally, the company is adding extra ear tips so the AirPods Pro 2 can fit in more ears. With all of that in mind, there’s one last thing Apple didn’t mention during the keynote, but that could mean this product might be even better than we expected.
AirPods Pro 2 offers Bluetooth 5.3 support, could bring new codec support and ‘lossless’ playback
Few months ago, Bluetooth SIG announced that it had finalized the LE Audio Spec, meaning companies could use this technology.
The low complexity communications codec – LC3 for short – can transmit at much lower bitrates without losing the audio quality we currently see with the Bluetooth standard – and the good part is that Apple is already testing it with AirPods Max.
A developer was able to enable this codec with the latest AirPods beta firmware saying it improves call audio quality, but the AirPods hardware lacked something: Bluetooth 5.2 support.
Fortunately, AirPods Pro 2 and iPhone 14 offer it, which means that Apple can not only support higher bitrate with these products, but offer a kind of lossless streaming with Apple Music.
This new codec could allow you to listen to songs, watch movies, etc., with multiple wireless headphones connected at the same time. Currently, you can only connect up to two AirPods from the same source.
While Apple still seems to be testing this feature, the company could announce a revolution in audio streaming thanks to this new codec and new hardware available.
While I look forward to Apple expanding the capabilities of AirPods Pro 2, I would also say that you shouldn’t expect the company to officially announce support for this new codec. For example, the new Apple TV 4K might offer a 120Hz refresh rate thanks to HDMI 2.1 support, but after a year the company hasn’t updated. the decoder to offer this technology to users.
How do you like the new AirPods Pro 2? Do you think Apple will eventually support this new codec and improve the music experience with these headphones? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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