Apple was one of the standout companies in the year that ended a few hours ago. In fact, in the choices made by our readers, the Cupertino company was one of the big winners. However, new year, new products and there are some rumors already around the AirPods Pro 2 and its charging box.
According to information, the charging case of AirPods Pro 2 may be locatable, using technology identical to that of AirTags. Also, they say, it could come with health sensors.
This is said by the well-known technology market analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, in a note to investors. According to him, the new "AirPods Pro 2" will be able to bring features such as AirTags and support for Apple Lossless in their carrying and recharging box.
In the shared information, Ming Chi Kuo of TF Securities primarily demonstrates how Luxshare and Goertek are the big winners in the supply chain for AirPods. However, he also defined new features that he expects in "AirPods 2".
Apple to bring more health sensors to AirPods in 2022
Unsurprisingly, a technological leap is expected in the next AirPods. Integration of health management resources are planned to appear in the near future, and it is thought that this will be in the version to appear this year.
However, in an earlier memo, Kuo said the model would feature motion sensors to aid fitness applications. Therefore, health (or well-being) sensors but dedicated to sports apps.
Other information that came out before this analyst's note mentioned that the new AirPods pro would also be updated in appearance. Shorter temples, a new headphone body design and updated chip that's behind all the headphones' magic.
And when will the presentation of AirPods Pro 2 be?
This is the question that will now challenge market analysts and "leak chasers". Apple will certainly not give this information, but the vast supply chain may somehow miss revealing data.
In fact, they say that this information has already started to be circulated and it is estimated that the new AirPods Pro may be launched at the end of the third quarter or even in the fourth quarter of 2022. That is, on a par with the next iPhone and Apple Watch. So, a luxury kit for Christmas 2022.
The analyst has already mentioned in one of his previous notes that these products, referring to both AirPods and Beats, will be very important for the company's growth.
AirPods are priced higher, target users of Apple devices, and aim to provide innovation and green experience to increase added value. Beats are cheaper, target Apple and non-Apple device users, and increase sales or market share.
Ming Chi Kuo explained from TF Securities.
Regarding AirPod sales volumes for 2021, Kuo estimates that AirPod sales were better than expected at 27 million units, more than double the previous quarter and a 20% year-on-year increase for the other. He also expects the first quarter of 2022 to be strong, with sales almost equal to the Christmas and year-end quarters.
Remember that the strength of the Christmas quarter comes with the launch of AirPods 3 and the reduction in the price of second generation AirPods in the quarter. Notably, Kuo says, "AirPods are replicating the iPhone's success."