Apple may have just released the AirPods Max, but it looks like Apple is already working on the next addition to the headphone line with a new version of the AirPods Pro that may come in several sizes for the first time.
The recent information comes from the relatively reliable leak Mr. White who posted some photos on Twitter of AirPods Pro 2 components that have a more compact design in different sizes. Strangely, Mr. White seems to erroneously claim that the next AirPods Pro will still have “W2 chips” instead of H1 wireless chips, which is what is actually used to power the current AirPods Pro. In a subsequent tweet, Mr. While also added that “AirPods are not suitable for black”, which suggests that the new models will only be available in white as the previous models.
Regardless, the possible feature of offering several sizes of AirPods Pro can be a great advantage for customers, as it is important to ensure a good fit to deliver optimal sound quality and active noise reduction performance. Currently, the AirPods Pro comes with three pairs of earplugs in different sizes (small, medium and large) that can help adjust the fit to some extent, but for someone like Gizmodo Reviews Editor Alex “Tiny Ears” Cranz, with earplugs available in two Different sizes can be a much more meaningful option.
Aside from exploring to make AirPods Pro 2 in multiple sizes, Mr. White’s leak follows a story from Bloomberg claiming that Apple is also trying to make the AirPods Pro 2 more compact than before, potentially reducing the size of the AirPods Pro trunk (aka the piece that makes it look like a Q-tip hanging out of your ear), even if it is unclear if these designs will do so on final retail models.
Unfortunately, the expected release date for AirPods Pro 2 is a bit hazy, with the only information so far that they will be released sometime in 2021.
Elsewhere in other Apple leaks, Apple patent recently discovered one new patent granted to Apple for a reconfigurable keyboard that uses small screens built into each key to dynamically change what you see based on what you do or the app you use. While this is just a patent and may never see the light of day, Apple’s patent seems to be the next logical step for Apple after the introduction of the Mac Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro.
Apple has recently added features such as a dynamic mouse cursor to iPadOS, and by combining it with a new dynamic keyboard, Apple can prepare for major overhauls of both tablets and laptops. Furthermore, when you look at the history of keyboards as a whole, the idea of a dynamic keyboard is something many gadgets that designers have danced around for many years and date back to things like Optimus Maximus keyboard from 2008, to more recent iterations such as Razers Deathstalker Ultimate and Elgato’s Stream Deck.
And while Apple’s patent specifically outlines a product that consists of physical keys, when we look to the future, with a number of companies looking to create laptops with two screens or laptops with folding screens and no physical keyboard like Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, the idea of a dynamic touchscreen keyboard becomes even more important, as they are pretty much a necessity for any system that wants to skip traditional key switches and keystrokes.