AirPods Pro 2 will weather the supply chain storm, coming in the fall


With supply chain issues all over China, many major Apple devices are facing shipping delays for weeks and months, but one upcoming product that is unlikely to be affected by these issues is the AirPods Pro 2.

Currently, AirPods Pro are made in both China and Vietnam, but Kuo obviously indicates that Apple will become more dependent on Vietnamese manufacturers this year.

You may have also heard rumors that Apple is moving to a USB-C port on the AirPods. Well, that’s not happening this year, according to Kuo, and instead Apple will stick with Lightning for the AirPods Pro 2.

Earlier this month, Kuo also reported that Apple was testing the switch to a USB-C connection on the iPhone 15 series due late next year. He explained that when this change happens, we can expect other Apple products and accessories, including AirPods, to switch to USB-C as well.

AirPods 2 improvements

The first-generation AirPods Pro were released in fall 2019 at an introductory price of $250, and this new generation is expected to arrive nearly three years after the original. The original Pros had incredible noise cancellation, which to this day remains among the best on a set of true wireless headphones. They also had improved mic quality, which makes them particularly suitable for video calls and conferences.

The second generation is rumored to improve on this active noise cancellation technique, and it’s even possible that it will come with a new stemless design, as well as support for Lossless Audio and new capabilities of health and fitness tracking.

Kuo also tweeted that Apple is able to shift production of the wireless headphones to Vietnam thanks to the not-so-complicated supply chain. However, he warns that the company is still testing and establishing manufacturing of the AirPods Pro 2, a process known as New Production Introduction (NPI), in China which is an obstacle to moving production to Vietnam more quickly. .

On the other hand, companies that manufacture AirPods, such as Luxshare ICT and Goertek, can benefit from setting up offices in Vietnam and reduce geopolitical risks.

Do you use AirPods Pro? Do you like them and is there anything you would like to see improved in the second generation?


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