Apple AirPods Pro 2 price leak reveals bad news for true wireless earbuds fans

AirPods Pro
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If you were hoping to see the Apple AirPods Pro 2 anytime soon, a recent leak from LeaksApplePro may leave you disappointed.

In a tweet, the tipster revealed the price and potential release date of the second-gen AirPods Pro, and if they're proven right, they won't be cheap – and you'll be waiting a long time to get your hands on them:

According to the leak, the AirPods Pro 2 – which some are calling the AirPods Pro Lite – will cost the same as their predecessors ($249 / £249 / AU$399), and won't be released until the end of 2021 at best.

Fitness-tracking for your ears

The leak also suggests that the next AirPods Pro won't be vastly different from their predecessors, citing small improvements to the noise cancellation tech and the introduction of "ambient light sensors". 

That backs up a previous report by Digitimes that said future AirPods will use ambient light sensors to take biometric measurements – potentially for monitoring blood oxygen levels like the Apple Watch 6.

As posited by MacRumors, this could work in a similar way to the ear-based clip on pulse oximeters used in hospitals, which shine light through the earlobe to detect the amount of oxygen in a patient's bloodstream. It's not clear whether the design of the AirPods Pro would have to change materially to allow this to happen, but we think it's unlikely that Apple would ditch the design that has made its earbuds so ubiquitous. 

While those new features sound interesting, we'd be disappointed if that's all the new AirPods Pro have to offer – we'd love to see improved audio quality and battery life, for example. 

Long before that though, we're expecting to see the first Apple over-ear headphones, the so-called AirPods Studio. Following years of speculation, leaks, and rumors, the AirPods Studio are expected to launch before 2020 is out – though recent reports of production delays could scupper this, pushing that release date into the beginning of 2021.

Olivia Tambini

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.