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The AirPods Pro 2 Is the Only Upgrade I Desire.

The AirPods Pro 2 is the only upgrade I desire.

Even though they haven’t been released yet, the Apple AirPods Pro 2 are already under considerable pressure to meet extremely high expectations for wireless earbuds. In fact, we gave the original model an unprecedented five stars out of five, proclaiming them to be “the best wireless earbuds money can buy” in our 2019 review.

The best wireless earbuds, however, have only improved in the years since their initial release. There have been many significant developments, including longer battery life, smarter features, spatial audio effects, and increased support for high-definition audio formats.

Therefore, the AirPods Pro 2 should feature a number of noteworthy enhancements, but there is one in particular that I am looking forward to. And it’s a feature Apple could learn from one of its audio industry rivals.

Having used the Sony WH-1000M5 and Sony LinkBuds S for a while now, I can say that while they each have their advantages and disadvantages when compared to Apple’s AirPods, I have found one feature, in particular, to be particularly useful.

The newest models of Sony’s headphones and earbuds feature a feature called “Speak-to-Chat,” which pauses the audio so that I can continue a conversation while wearing them.

And yet, why is this helpful? If you listen to music or podcasts on headphones for a large portion of your day, you probably understand the frustrations of having someone suddenly start talking to you.

It’s never a graceful moment when I have to pause my music to talk (and listen), whether I’m at a checkout counter, passing a friend on the street, or having a chat in the office. Anyone who has had to repeat themselves three times before I could understand them, please accept my apologies.

 The Sony WH-1000M5 with Speak-to-Chat automatically mutes my music and switches to transparency mode when its microphones detect that I’m talking. Speak-to-Chat continues to run in the background as I carry on my conversation, and it resumes playback once it appears that I have finished talking.

Speak-to-Chat isn’t perfect, and that’s something to keep in mind. Accidental activation does occur, but my audio is usually back to normal within a few seconds. In spite of the infrequent problems, I’ve found this environment to be quite useful.

What I’m Anticipating Most from AirPods Pro 2 Is

I hope that the AirPods Pro 2 will include Speak-to-Chat, albeit possibly under a different name. Pressing the force sensor on an AirPod’s stem or asking Siri to do so will pause or play your music, respectively. These choices are practical, but they still necessitate effort. In my search, I’ve come across the need for an automatic method.

Because of this, if I am listening to something with active noise cancellation turned on and I start talking while wearing AirPods Pro 2, the playback will pause and I will switch to listening without it. When we were finished talking, the AirPods Pro 2 would automatically go back to playing my music or podcast.

I’m not trying to be ambiguous here. Possible highlights include Bluetooth 5.2, a Find My feature for the charging case, and lossless audio playback. But for me, and what would make me buy AirPods Pro 2, is a feature that would allow me to wear them for most of the day, able to adjust to any conversation that comes up.

Maybe we’ll find out if my wish comes true soon. One of the devices expected to be unveiled at Apple’s September 7 event is the AirPods Pro 2. The Apple Watch 8 and the iPhone 14 could also be introduced.

Upgrades AirPods Pro 2 Need to Make Me Buy Them

Shorter Stems (or No Stems at All)

Even though the current generation of AirPods Pro has become something of a fashion statement, I find the stems to be uncomfortable and aesthetically off-putting.

This is especially true if you like to wear nice earrings, as the loud volume of your AirPods Pro can drown out the subtler tones. IGNORE THE JEWELRY AT YOUR OWN PERIL I demand your undivided attention right now. More “traditional” earbuds would make the AirPods Pro 2 much more appealing to me.

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Charging via USB-C

The fact that they require Lightning for charging even though most newer devices, including Apple’s own iPads and MacBook Pros, use USB-C is one of the few things I don’t like about my AirPods Max.

It would be convenient if this device could use the same charging port as my other new Apple gear and pretty much every other electronic device produced in 2022. Yes. Would it? Why, yes. For once I’m hoping that the insiders are wrong, as they say, Apple will continue to use Lightning for the time being.

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Better Sound Quality

Those AirPods Pro really crank out the tunes. To be clear, they are not on par with higher-end models such as the Astell & Kern UW100, Bowers & Wilkins PI7, or Sony WF-1000XM4.

The AirPods 3’s audio quality has improved greatly from previous models, and we can only hope that the same is true of the more expensive model.

This may include the previously unannounced lossless audio playback. Apple has hinted at wanting its own better-than-Bluetooth solution, so here’s hoping it’s in this year’s buds. Other wireless headphones are improving sound quality with the latest Bluetooth aptX codecs, Snapdragon Sound, or, in the case of Sony, its own LDAC technology.

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More Tips

AirPods Pro ear tips come in three sizes, but ears come in many more. For people like me, who have ear canals so large that you could float a narrowboat down them, this would be a welcome and relatively inexpensive addition to Apple’s products.

The vast majority of producers provide numerous fitting pieces of advice. And Apple ought to, as well.

While we’re discussing comfort, I think some people would really benefit from having the option of earbuds with fins, like the Melomania Touch or Apple’s own Beats, Fit Pro. The fins make for a much more secure-feeling fit when pounding the pavement or cycling on terrible road surfaces.

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