Apple’s AirPods Professional was first launched in October 2019 and it seems to be like we’re lastly approaching the discharge of a second-generation replace. Trusted Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports: right now that AirPods Professional 2 is anticipated to enter mass manufacturing within the second half of the yr, but it surely additionally has some unhealthy information for these hoping for a change within the charging case…
In a brand new thread on Twitter, Kuo explains that he expects mass manufacturing of AirPods Professional 2 to start within the second half of this yr. Curiously, he additionally notes that AirPods Professional 2 will probably be manufactured in Vietnam, indicating that Apple is much less depending on China.
This comes after the Wall Road Journal reported final weekend that Apple has knowledgeable a few of its suppliers that it plans to maneuver manufacturing from China to hubs in Vietnam and India.
Kuo says Apple’s determination to maneuver manufacturing of AirPods Professional 2 from China to Vietnam might be attributed to Vietnam’s “comparatively uncomplicated provide chain and higher manufacturing atmosphere.”
At present, AirPods Professional are manufactured and assembled in each China and Vietnam, however Kuo appears to consider that the shift to Vietnam will proceed at a sooner tempo this yr with AirPods Professional 2. Apple remains to be anticipated to start out manufacturing of AirPods Professional 2 in China assessments and perfects throughout the “New product introduction” section of the method.
Charging AirPods Professional 2
By way of options and anticipated adjustments, Kuo predicts that the AirPods Professional 2 charging case will nonetheless have a Lightning port for charging, elevating hopes of a swap to USB-C this yr.
Kuo reported earlier this month that Apple is presently testing the iPhone 15 with a USB-C port for charging. The analyst additionally predicted that when (or if) the iPhone switches to USB-C charging, Apple may also transition AirPods and different equipment to USB-C.
Sadly, it seems to be like Apple will make us wait a bit longer for AirPods Professional to transition to USB-C charging. If Kuo’s prediction comes true, this yr’s AirPods Professional replace will nonetheless embrace Lightning charging.
Different AirPods Professional 2 rumors embrace a brand new type issue, the addition of well being and health monitoring capabilities, and help for lossless audio playback. Apple itself has even teased that AirPods might at some point complement the Apple Watch’s well being monitoring capabilities by providing extra knowledge factors.