airpods pro: AirPods Pro 2 might not come with a “stemless” design, said to have the same design as its predecessor


AirPods Pro are yet to get refreshed, and if rumours are to be believed, it is due this fall. Earlier rumours have suggested that the second-generation AirPods Pro or AirPods Pro 2 might ditch the stem, but that might not be the case anymore. A recent report from MacRumors states that the second-gen AirPods Pro will look a lot like the first-generation AirPods Pro.
New to scale-3D images from concept artist Ian Zeblo obtained by MacRumors suggests that the AirPods Pro 2 will retain the design of the original AirPods Pro, which means the stems are here to stay. The report puts a pause to all the rumours suggesting that the second-generation AirPods Pro will look a lot different from its predecessor with a “stemless” design. However, we do suggest taking the claims with a pinch of salt.
As per an earlier report by the publication last year, the AirPods Pro was expected to ditch the downward-facing IR sensor for in-ear detection, but then it was not known how Apple would enable the in-ear detection without IR sensors. The new 3D images show that skin-detect sensors like the AirPods 3 will replace the IR sensor.
The AirPods 3 were the first audio product from Apple to feature the skin-detect sensor. As the name implies, the skin-detect sensor detects water content in the wearer’s skin, thus pausing the music when AirPods are not worn. The skin-detect sensor would provide better in-ear detection than the IR sensor, which is used to presume that they are in use even if they were in a pocket or kept on any flat surface.
As per notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to release the AirPods Pro 2 in the second half of 2022. Kuo also states that the Cupertino giant will discontinue the first-generation AirPods Pro with the launch of the AirPods Pro 2.


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