AirPods Pro 2 is the AirPods Max in your pocket, says Apple

AirPods Pro 2 offers better ANC and sound quality


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Apple engineer SJ Andersen said the company wants the AirPods Pro 2 to sound like the AirPods Max, and the team has taken detailed steps to get there.

AppleInsider described the AirPods Pro 2 as “already great earbuds, improved”. Now Esge Anderson has revealed what’s been in the works on the new earbuds since their predecessor’s launch in 2019.

“It was our goal to be able to give you the best experience,” Andersen said what hi-fi Magazine, “Whatever you have, we want to give you the best experience.”

“We wanted to give everyone an AirPods Max in their pocket,” he continued. “And at the end of the day, there’s some compromise, because you still can’t make it perfect for everyone.”

The original AirPods Pro are being redesigned

Anderson revealed that Apple has a panel of what he calls an “expert audience” who are consulted on design tests. According to the report, the biggest challenge is related to high frequency response – and the solution involves focusing on airflow.

“When we talk about good sound, it’s all about how we move the air into the product,” Anderson said, “It’s kind of weird because it’s not talking about the enclosure or how it looks, but it sure is. Do that we also design. For airflow.”

He says that the audio team works with the designers and they have the same goal. “If we can make the sound better [through redesign]”I think our industrial design team is very open to that,” he says.

AirPods Pro 2 don’t support lossless audio, though it’s now a staple of Apple Music. Anderson suggests that Bluetooth is limited by Apple’s own hardware or firmware.

“We don’t think so [Apple’s] Codecs currently limit audio quality in Bluetooth products,” Anderson said. “We want to push sound quality forward, and we can do that with many other components.”

At the time of writing, the AirPods Pro 2 are among the Apple devices getting significant discounts in Black Friday sales.