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Apple AirPods Pro 2: what we’re expecting from Apple’s next wireless earbuds

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Apple’s best wireless earbuds — the AirPods Pro — have been with us since 2019, which is a long time in the tech world. But now that we’re only days away from Apple’s upcoming September iPhone 14 event, the interwebs are overflowing with talk of the AirPods Pro 2, or whatever the heck Apple ends up calling them.

And the unsubstantiated rumors continue to fly, with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman now certain that we’ll see new AirPods Pro come September 7. That maybe doesn’t quite make it a 100 percent probability — nothing’s official until Apple makes it official. But things are definitely leaning that direction now.

What will the next AirPods Pro be called?

AirPods 3, AirPods, and AirPods Pro sitting in their charging cases.
Apple AirPods (from left), AirPods 3, and AirPods Pro.

Before we get into what we’re expecting, let’s discuss that name for a second. While Apple hasn’t been totally averse to appending numerals to its product in the past — I’m looking at you iPad 2 and iPad 3 — it hasn’t done much of that lately. With the exception of the iPhone line (which has only occasionally deviated from the numbers naming game), almost all Apple products keep their names, which means we have to start using year references.

A perfect recent example is the newest Apple TV 4K, which the company released in 2021 without changing the product name, so we’re stuck with “Apple TV 4K (2021).” See where I’m going?

Apple’s next earbuds will probably keep the AirPods Pro name. But if they do, you can bet it’ll be adding (2022) to clarify which ones we’re talking about. Also don’t be surprised if you see AirPods Pro 2 somewhere, at least in casual use.

New features

iPhone 12 with AirPods on top of MacBook.
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So what might the next AirPods Pro have in store for us? As with any Apple update, it will be a mixture of new features and improvements to existing functions, with the emphasis on the improvements.

There has been plenty of talk about expanded health and fitness tracking. (More on that in a minute.) Or maybe even something to go along with AR features. But in any event, Apple’s been completely mum so far. So we’ll just have to wait and see.

Active noise cancellation (ANC) and transparency

The AirPods Pro still have the best transparency you can find in a set of wireless earbuds, but we’d welcome any improvements Apple manages to add. It’s the ANC function that we’re most curious about. In 2019, it proved to be one of the best noise-cancellation options you could buy, but there have been tons of ANC earbuds introduced since then. And while the AirPods Pro are still very good, they’re not as good as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds or the Sony WF-1000XM4. Expect much better ANC from the AirPods Pro 2.

Sound quality

Man wearing Apple AirPods Pro outdoors.
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AirPods as a family of wireless earbuds have always sounded good, but never great. And yet, we know Apple can produce really solid audio when it wants to — just look at the (admittedly much more expensive) AirPods Max. If Apple wants to keep the AirPods Pro as a top choice for Apple fans, it needs to kick their audio quality up a notch.

Lossless audio

How will Apple improve audio even more? One heavily rumored option is for the company to add lossless audio support via the ALAC audio codec. After all, what good is lossless music on Apple Music if you can’t hear it on your earbuds? To do this, Apple will have to engineer tight cooperation between the new AirPods Pro and its phones/tablets/computers, because lossless audio has far greater bandwidth requirements. Qualcomm was the first company to introduce lossless audio over Bluetooth with its aptX Lossless codec, but it only works when both the earbuds and the source device use Qualcomm’s technology.

Better battery life

Apple doesn’t exactly have a track record of making battery life a priority — the entire AirPods family tends to occupy the lower half of the battery life rankings in their respective categories — but we can always hope. Especially if there’s an option to disable ANC and lossless audio, we could finally see more than five hours of use on a single charge.

Activity sensors

A woman wearing AirPods 3rd Generation while exercising.

This one has been speculated on for years and it just keeps failing to materialize. And yet, it makes so much sense. If Apple can leverage the Apple Watch‘s sensors to deliver a whole suite of data that can be tied to its Health and Apple Fitness+ products, why not grab some more data from your earbuds too?

The third-gen AirPods introduced new sensors that take a different approach to wear detection by using infrared light to tell the difference between skin and other objects or material. Could an upgrade of this technology enable other sensing activities like blood oxygen levels and heart rate? And would that even make sense given that the newest Apple Watches already do this? We’ll find out soon enough.

Pricing

Apple has a fondness for keeping its product prices static where it can, so it’s a very safe bet that the next AirPods Pro will be priced at $249, just like the current model. It’s a sweet spot price-wise, not only compared to the other AirPods models, but also compared to the competition. That is, unless Apple does something really surprising with its next earbuds.

Availability

If Apple does indeed announce the next AirPods Pro at the September iPhone event, they will likely be available for pre-order immediately, or within a week, and deliveries should start by the end of the month — the first week in October at the latest. Apple will want people very familiar with them by the time the all-important Black Friday retail event hits in November, for those crucial holiday purchases.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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