Apple is expected to announce refreshed AirPods Pro sooner rather than later and a new report claims that we shouldn’t expect much to change, at least on the outside.
The new second-generation AirPods Pro are now expected to look largely the same as the outgoing models. New scale 3D models created by designer Ian Zelbo for MacRumors show a new design that is almost identical to the AirPods Pro that we’re used to seeing, although there do appear to be slight differences.
One of those is the removal of the downward-facing IR sensors that currently tell AirPods Pro when they are being worn. According to MacRumors, the updated model will feature new skin detection hardware similar to that of the third-generation AirPods.
Instead of skin-detect sensors in each earbud, the current AirPods Pro use dual optical sensors to detect if they are in a user’s ear. While they effectively perform the same function, the optical sensors can simply tell when they are against a surface or covered up, rather than specifically against skin. This means that if you put an AirPods Pro earbud in a pocket or on a surface, it may erroneously resume playback. This is why Apple switched to skin-detect sensors for greater accuracy, with the added benefit of only needing a single, slightly larger central sensor per earbud.
The new artwork also appears to confirm that we shouldn’t expect the new AirPods Pro to benefit from the stemless design that had once been rumored.
Instead, the design looks set to be much more like the current AirPods Pro than some had suggested, although we can likely expect more technological improvements to make the upgrade a worthwhile one for existing users. One addition could be the use of AirPlay for lossless audio streaming, although that remains to be seen.
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