The second-generation AirPods Professional might assist Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), and will even include a case that makes a sound that will help you discover it, based on Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a be aware to traders seen by AppleInsider and 9to5Mac.
There presently isn’t an AirPods mannequin that helps lossless audio, a type of file compression that preserves all the knowledge within the unique audio file, leading to larger high quality sound. Every AirPods mannequin — even the dear AirPods Max — makes use of Bluetooth to ship audio, which limits the gadgets to utilizing Superior Audio Codec (AAC), a lossy type of audio compression. Up to now, the one Apple gadgets that may benefit from lossless audio on Apple Music (and elsewhere) embody the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K, and Apple HomePod. The primary draw back to lossless audio is that its information take up extra cupboard space in your system, and streaming it on-line can shortly eat up cell knowledge.
If the AirPods Professional 2 does assist ALAC, Apple will both must ditch Bluetooth or soar over among the know-how’s hurdles to perform that. The constraints of Bluetooth had been introduced up in What Hello-Fi’s latest interview with Gary Geaves, the vp of acoustics at Apple. Through the interview, Geaves stated the corporate might want to work onerous to get essentially the most out of Bluetooth know-how, and in addition famous that “there’s a lot of methods we will play to maximise or get round among the limits of Bluetooth,” however “extra bandwidth” could be best — a possible trace of what’s to come back.
As for the potential of a charging case that emits sound, this may occasionally aid you discover your case if it’s ever separated out of your AirPods — proper now, solely the AirPods themselves make a noise if you attempt to find them through the Discover My app. Additionally famous by 9to5Mac and AppleInsider, Kuo predicts that the AirPods Professional 2 may sport a redesign and should have a concentrate on health, one thing that was beforehand rumored by Bloomberg. As well as, Kuo says that Apple might launch the AirPods Professional 2 within the fourth quarter of 2022, about three years after the discharge of the primary AirPods Professional.