A real design era is drawing to a close: With the AirPods Pro 2, Apple is to rely on a completely new look. The iconic stem design is probably a thing of the past. Competitor Samsung shows what this could look like.
When Apple presented the AirPods in 2016, there was a lot of laughter. Above all, the elongated stems, often mocked as toothbrush heads, caused a lot of malice. But no one laughs for five years: the AirPods design has become an icon that has been copied more than once. This could end as early as 2022 – at least for the Pro models.
AirPods Pro 2 should get a new look without stems
This is what the renowned Apple insider Ming Chi-Kuo claims (source: MacRumors). According to Kuo, the new AirPods Pro 2, which will hit the market in the fall of 2022, will be a get a whole new design. Accordingly, Apple throws the iconic stalks overboard, instead the new in-ear headphones should based on the appearance of the Beats Fit Pro.
A bracket for a better hold in the ear, as used by the Beats headphones, is unlikely to exist with the AirPods Pro 2. More obvious is that Apple is just reusing the basic shape of the earbuds. The AirPods Pro 2 could do that look similar to current headphones from Samsung, such as the Galaxy Buds 2: round and hardly recognizable in the ear.
For Apple it would be the end of an era: for the first time since the introduction of the first generation, in-ear headphones under the “AirPods” brand would do without the cult design with the elongated stems.
The first generation of AirPods Pro in comparison:
Connection to Apple devices should be improved
Aside from the rumored redesign, the AirPods Pro 2 should also bring some innovations under the hood. So could the headphones new sensors for tracking sports activities and an improved chip for a more stable connection to the paired Apple devices.