With Apple’s September event confirmed for Sept. 7, we can expect the next-generation AirPods Pro wireless earbuds to launch alongside the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8 announcements.
Apple could add Bluetooth 5.2 support to the rumored AirPods Pro 2, bringing improved wireless connectivity and support for LE audio. It comes out of a file that MacRumors found in his Bluetooth SIG product database (opens in new tab). The filing could portend a major upgrade to future Apple products, with the specification including support for LE audio and several improvements to how Bluetooth handles wireless audio streaming. So it could be especially beneficial for all future AirPods models.
Current iPhone models support his Bluetooth 5.0, but the news about Apple’s introduction of Bluetooth 5.2 is especially beneficial for the audio capabilities of all his new AirPods models. We also need to pack the same specs into all new Bluetooth-enabled devices, including the best MacBooks and the best iPads, to get the most out of them, including support for LE audio.
Raising the Bluetooth Audio Standard
Working together with Bluetooth Low Energy wireless technology, LE Audio enables more efficient use of power, meaning battery performance lasts longer (current AirPods models were recently introduced by competitors). (an area that has lagged behind the newer models that have been developed). A new audio codec was also introduced. The Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3) improves audio processing and extends wireless range with a stronger, more stable connection.
Announced at CES 2020 by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Bluetooth LE Audio is the latest version of the short-range wireless transmission standard. Towards the end of the year, we expect to see increased adoption of the Bluetooth standard in all devices as new models emerge, offering the advantage of compatible models such as the best wireless headphones and the best Bluetooth speakers.
It also adds support for hearing aids and introduces Auracast Broadcast Audio, a new Bluetooth feature that allows one audio device to broadcast to multiple hearing aids. This improves the way listeners connect and share their audio experiences at home and in the outside world, making it easier (and more fun) to share a common audio experience with multiple people. In July, the Bluetooth SIG predicted increased availability of products supporting LE Audio by the end of 2022.
Outlook for AirPods Pro 2 and Bluetooth 5.2
Apple plans to launch the second generation of his AirPods Pro by the end of the year. However, the arrival of the LE Audio submission seems to be a bit delayed to appear in the upcoming sequel. I’m not sure if this is all part of rumors of lossless audio codec plans that would allow future AirPods to play higher quality music, but given the current codec limitations, Apple’s earbuds Given the priority of