Apple’s AirPods Pro was initially announced in October of 2019, and it looks like a second-generation version is on the way.
According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, AirPods Pro 2 is anticipated to go into full production in the second half of the year, but he has bad news for those looking for a modification to the charging case.
In a recent Twitter thread, Kuo claims that mass manufacturing of the AirPods Pro 2 will commence in the second half of this year. He also mentions that the AirPods Pro 2 would be made in Vietnam, marking a shift away from Apple’s reliance on China.
This comes after the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Apple has told some of its suppliers that it plans to move manufacturing from China to Vietnam and India.
Apple’s decision to move AirPods Pro 2 manufacturing from China to Vietnam is related to the product’s “very simple supply chain and Vietnam’s better production environment,” according to Kuo.
AirPods Pro are now manufactured and assembled in both China and Vietnam, but Kuo believes that with AirPods Pro 2, the migration to Vietnam will accelerate.
During the “New Product Introduction” step of the process, Apple is anticipated to test and perfect AirPods Pro 2 production in China.
How to Charge Your AirPods Pro 2
In terms of features and upgrades to expect, Kuo forecasts that the AirPods Pro 2 charging case would retain the Lightning socket for charging, putting an end to Apple’s aspirations for a USB-C changeover this year.
According to Kuo earlier this month, Apple is currently testing the iPhone 15 with a USB-C connector for charging. According to the expert, Apple will also migrate AirPods and other accessories to USB-C when (or if) the iPhone switches to USB-C charging.
Unfortunately, it appears that Apple will continue to delay the transfer of AirPods Pro to USB-C charging. If Kuo’s forecast holds true, the AirPods Pro upgrade this year will still have Lightning charging.
Other speculated AirPods Pro 2 features include a redesigned form factor, health and fitness tracking capabilities, and lossless music playback capability.
Apple has even hinted that AirPods might one day supplement the Apple Watch’s health tracking functions by providing extra data points.