Leaker Mr-white, who has shared accurate details about Apple’s product plans in the past, tweeted today alleged images of internal hardware that will be used in the second generation AirPods Pro earbuds are expected to be released sometime in 2021.
In the pictures below, the hardware on the right side of the image appears to be the current AirPods Pro hardware, while the hardware on the right side is designed for the next generation AirPods Pro. The cables are in two different sizes, which according to Mr-white is an indication that the AirPods Pro 2 can come in two sizes.
Rumors of Bloomberg suggested that the second generation version of the AirPods Pro would have a more compact design that eliminates the short stem protruding from below. The AirPods Pro can have a rounded shape that is more similar to earplugs from companies like Google and Samsung, and for this design it may make sense to offer different sizes for a better fit.
It is said that Apple is struggling to shrink the AirPods to the right size to eliminate the strain, so there is a chance that this will not happen, and this may explain why the hardware designs shared by Mr-white , similar to current AirPods Pro hardware.
Rumor has it that the AirPods Pro will have a new wireless chip. Mr-white says the new AirPods Pro still has a ‘W2 chip’, but it’s unclear what that means. The current AirPods Pro uses an H1 processor that does have a wireless chip that is a successor to the original W1 chip in the first generation AirPods, so it is possible that W2 here refers to the H1 and no new wireless chip technology does not indicate.
Mr-white has shared accurate Apple details in the past, but is not always correct. Earlier this year, Mr-white shared images of a braided cable that was according to the iPhone 12 series, but that did not eliminate it. He also said that Apple is working on a black Apple Pencil, and it has yet to appear. However, he shared early leaks from Apple’s iPhone 12 case and display unit, which were accurate.
There is no word yet on when exactly a refreshed version of the ‘AirPods Pro’ will appear, but the updated earbuds are expected sometime in 2021.