If you’re waiting for a new pair of AirPods Pro due this fall, you may need to lower your expectations. While we were hoping for a lot of new features and a new design, it’s starting to sound like there may be very little reason to upgrade other than battery life.
The latest report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman softens expectations for the new AirPods Pro, suggesting that Apple is so busy designing and manufacturing Mac chips that other areas of development have taken a back seat, and the AirPods Pro is one of them. Just last week, we read that the next generation AirPods Pro may not feature the much-anticipated “barless” design, and they may not get the new health sensors that have been rumored now.
There have been reports that the new AirPods Pro will get heart rate monitoring and the ability to measure body temperature, but Gurman’s sources told him that “none of the features are likely to come in the 2022 update.” Gurman still believes that these improvements are in development and “may appear one day.”
Expected new features for the next AirPods Pro include longer battery life and faster charging thanks to the new USB-C chassis. They can also get lossless audio when listening to Apple Music tracks and other audio enhancements.
In addition to Apple’s focus on chip development for the Mac, Gurman blames “supply bottlenecks” that have also contributed to “the slow development of the iPhone, Apple Watch, and even cellular modems.” For example, while the Apple Watch Series 8 may get the ability to detect if you have a fever, it is expected to have the same processor as the Series 6.