New AirPods Pro may finally arrive in late 2022, replacing current model
Apple will release an updated version of AirPods Pro in the second half of 2022, and will likely discontinue its current model, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The TF Securities analyst made the forecast in a tweet on Tuesday that focused on third-generation AirPods orders. Kuo said that because of a "failed product segmentation strategy," demand for AirPods 3 is "significantly lower" than AirPods 2.
To remedy that going forward, the analyst believes Apple will discontinue its current generation AirPods Pro after the release of second-generation AirPods Pro in the second half of 2022 to "avoid repeating the same mistake."
AirPods 3 orders for 2-3Q22 have been cut by 30%+. Due to the failed product segmentation strategy, demand for AirPods 3 is significantly weaker than for AirPods 2. AirPods Pro may get discontinued after Apple launches AirPods Pro 2 in 2H22 to avoid repeating the same mistake.— (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) April 5, 2022
The analyst added that AirPods 3 orders have been cut by about 30%.
Current rumors suggest that second-generation AirPods Pro could sport a new stemless design, support for lossless audio playback, and improved on-device intelligence, among other new features.
Additional rumors also hint that the new AirPods Pro could have more health features — such as heart rate sensors or accelerometers — and a new charging case that sports improved Find My capabilities.
Kuo's prediction that second-generation AirPods Pro will launch in the second half of 2022 line up with current rumors that the updated headphones will see a debut late in the year.