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AirPods Pro 2 just tipped for fall release — and they could look like this

Concept image of stemless AirPods Pro 2 earbuds and charging case
(Image credit: Konstantin Milenin)

Update: New sources claim that the AirPods Pro 2 could offer a lossless audio codec, but no USB-C charging port.

The Apple AirPods Pro 2 could be with us as early as this fall, and a new set of concept images has given us the clearest idea yet of what they could look like.

The current Apple AirPods Pro have been among the best noise-cancelling earbuds since they launched in 2019, but as Bloomberg's Mark Gurman points out in his latest Power On newsletter (opens in new tab), they're long overdue an update. Gurman had previously tipped them to get a refresh in 2022 and he's now doubled down on that prediction. 

"Look out for new AirPods Pro in the fall," Gurman told his subscribers. "The current model has been on the market since fall of 2019, so the batteries are already probably in trouble for some early adopters."

Gurman's estimate of a fall release date aligns with what we already expected for the next-gen AirPods Pro. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested a couple of times that the new model will launch in the second half of the year, while a MacRumors report (opens in new tab) claimed they will arrive in Q4.

Gurman didn't elaborate this time on what to expect from the AirPods Pro 2, if and when they are released, but he has previously tipped them to get an all-new design that drops the stems.  

With that in mind, designer Konstantin Milenin has created some breathtaking AirPods Pro 2 concept images, as seen on yankodesign.com (opens in new tab)

Apple AirPods Pro 2 concept image

(Image credit: Konstantin Milenin/Yanko Design)

As well as showcasing a possible stemless design, Milenin's images tease how the charging case could get a flatter, more rectangular form to accommodate the smaller earbuds.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 concept image

(Image credit: Konstantin Milenin/Yanko Design)

We currently have no way of knowing quite how similar these concept images will be to the real thing, but we wouldn't complain if they were pretty close to the finished product. 

We're unlikely to find out one way or another until September, when Apple could well release the upgraded buds alongside the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. Until then, make sure you check out our Apple AirPods Pro 2 hub for all the latest leaks and rumors.

Marc McLaren
Marc McLaren

As Editor in Chief (U.K.) on Tom’s Guide, Marc oversees all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage, and is also responsible for the site’s U.K.-focused output. He previously edited the tech website Stuff and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and much more. He also spent years on a music magazine, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun, and on a car magazine. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). When he gets time, he also enjoys gaming (console and mobile), cycling and attempting to watch as much sport as any human can. He's also fallen in love with Wordle over the past six months and is the author of our today's Wordle answer column, in which he supplies hints and strategy tips for the mega-popular word game. Given he's completed every single Wordle so far and only lost once, and analyzed every Wordle answer in search of patterns, he's well qualified to help you safeguard your streak.