The Apple AirPods Pro 2 wireless earbuds have been rumored to receive a heart-rate monitoring sensor this year, but things aren’t looking so bright for the new earbuds. According to a new piece of information, the new sensors might not be ready for prime-time, and Apple has reportedly scrapped it as it wasn’t ready.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Apple AirPods Pro 2 wireless earbuds will not come with the rumored heart-rating monitoring sensor. Gurman claims that Apple has been internally testing a heart-rate sensor and body temperature sensor. Still, the prototypes aren’t yet ready, hence why Apple has reportedly decided against equipping the new earbuds with them.
“Apple is gearing up to launch new AirPods Pro later this year. It’s about time: If you purchased the original AirPods Pro when they launched at the end of 2019, your batteries may be nearing end of life—or at least their reliability is slipping.
Over the past few months, there have been rumors about this year’s model gaining the ability to determine a wearer’s heart rate or body temperature. I’m told that neither feature is likely to arrive in the 2022 upgrade, though both enhancements have been explored inside the company and could arrive one day.”
The AirPods Pro 2 was rumored to focus on offering more health-related features, and the heart-rate sensor could’ve helped Apple users get a more accurate heart-rate reading when doing sports activities. The body temperature sensor also would’ve offered some benefits to tracking health-related information.
It’s unclear when these new sensors might come in a consumer-ready version, but as things stand at this moment, the 2022 AirPods Pro 2 model is unlikely to pack either of these. We could see the new sensors arrive in the next-generation AirPods, but that will likely take another year or so until it arrives, giving Apple more time to develop and optimize them.
Apple hasn’t updated the AirPods Pro wireless earbuds since it launched in 2019, although the company added MagSafe to the charging case last fall. The new Pro wireless earbuds are rumored to launch later this year, possibly alongside the new iPhone 14 series and Apple Watch Series 8. We have an excellent article explaining everything that we’re expecting to see from Apple in the second half of 2022.
What are we expecting from the AirPods Pro 2?
The next-generation AirPods Pro 2 is rumored to come with a shorter stem than the original AirPods Pro. The new wireless earbuds are expected to be smaller, and more compact, but it’s unclear how this will affect the sound and the charging case. Apple has reportedly been testing a more rounded shape, but the overall design might look something similar to the AirPods 3.
Speaking about the charging case, it’ll likely retain the MagSafe charging compatibility and wireless charging. The case also features a bottom-firing dual-speaker setup, which could help users locate the case when lost. The case will reportedly work with the Apple Find My network, and offer similar features to AirTags.
Apple is also rumored to switch from Lightning to USB-C, but this transition isn’t expected to take place on the AirPods Pro 2 wireless earbuds. Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that he doesn’t expect Apple to switch over in 2022, but possibly next year, in 2023.
While there may be no health features on the AirPods Pro 2, the audio is expected to receive a significant upgrade. We don’t have any concrete information about the new audio drivers or new features, but there are a lot of things that we’re expecting.
The AirPods Pro 2 will allegedly have improved Spatial audio, high-dynamic range, and noise cancellation features. The audio quality will also be improved, and some rumors are claiming that Apple might bring support for a new lossless audio format. The microphones are also expected to be more usable and provide better sound when making voice calls.
Best deals today: M2 13-inch MacBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy products and more
M2 13-inch MacBook Pro
We start today’s deals with Apple’s M2-powered MacBook Pro, which currently receives a 12 percent discount. Usually fetching for $1,299, the latest version of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a $1,149 price tag on its Space Gray color option, which means you can get your new laptop and save $150. This will also get you 8GB RAM, 256GB storage space, a 13-inch Retina Display, a backlit keyboard, and more.
However, you can also opt for a more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro model that now sells for $1,900 after seeing a $100 discount on its 512GB storage model that’s powered by Apple’s M1 Pro chip with an 8‑core CPU and 14‑core GPU, and 16GB RAM.
If you’re looking for more affordable options, you can still get your hands on a new M1-powered MacBook Air for just $850 after a $150 discount, or get the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro for just $799 after scoring a very compelling 24 percent discount that will help you keep $250 in your pocket.
13-inch MacBook Pro
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same old design but comes with the all-new second-generation Apple M2 chipset. The new chipset offers 20% better CPU performance than the last generation and a lot more.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Next up, we have the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra that is now receiving up to $277 savings, representing a 21 percent discount. This amazing smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 12GB RAM, and 256GB storage space. You also get an elegant design that resembles the long-gone Galaxy Note series.
However, you can also opt for the more affordable Galaxy S22 Plus which now sells for $800 after picking up a $250 discount. Or get last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 FE that now sells for $500 with $100 savings. And if you want the best savings available on a new Galaxy phone, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 that now sells for $1,200 after receiving a $600 discount representing 33 percent savings.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of the best Android devices available on the market. It features top-of-the-line specs, tons of power, an extraordinary camera, stylus support, and other great features.
Garmin Instinct Solar
Moving on to wearables, we have spotted some incredible savings on the Garmin Instinct Solar, which is now available for $260. This smartwatch normally sells for $350, so you can get yours and score $90 savings. It comes with a rugged design, which makes it perfect for those who love outdoor activities, and solar charging capabilities to help your battery last longer.
Other options include the Garmin Vivoactive 4, which now sells for $265. This model also comes with tons of sensors and features to keep track of your activities, and the best part is that it looks a bit more elegant, so you can wear it anywhere you want. It is currently receiving a 20 percent discount, which means you can save more than $65 if you choose to get one. And if you’re looking for something even more budget-friendly, check out the Garmin Venu Sq that now goes for $170 after receiving a $20 discount.
Garmin Instinct Solar
The Garmin Instinct Solar is an excellent alternative for those looking for a tough watch compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Plus, its advanced health monitors are a great tool for those users who love to track their progress in various activities.
Beats Studio Buds
Another great deal comes with the Beats Studio Buds that now sell for $100 after picking up a 33 percent discount representing $50 savings. The Beats Studio Buds come in five different color options, and the best part is that this deal applies to every single variant. In addition, these fantastic earbuds feature active noise cancelation, transparency mode, up to 24 hours of battery life, and IPX4 water and sweat resistance.
And you can also consider picking up a new pair of Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbud Headphones that now sell for $148 on both color options, which means you can enjoy these new earbuds and still get to save $51.99.
Beats Studio Buds
The Beats Studio Buds feature amazing class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts, active noise canceling, up to 24 hours of battery life with their charging case, and more.
Hisense A6 Series
Finally, you will also be able to take a new smart TV home for as low as 230 when you go for a new 43-inch Hisense A6 Series 4K UHD Smart Google TV, as it s currently receiving an 18 percent discount that will help you save $40. However, savings will vary depending on the display size you go for, as the best deal comes with the 55-inch version that is also receiving an 18 percent discount, which translates to more than $61 savings. In other words, you can take this model home for just $288, which is kinda great considering that Hisense delivers excellent products. And if you want the largest model, get ready to pay $618 after the latest $91 discount.
However, you can also add a new 64GB version of the Apple TV 4K to the package since it is now selling for $140 after the latest 30 percent discount that will get you $59 savings.
Hisense A6 Series Smart TV
The Hisense A6 Series Smart TV comes with a Voice Remote, support for Dolby Vision HDR, and DTS Virtual X. Plus, you also get sports & game modes, as well as a Chromecast built-in.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Renders Surface Online, Tip Key Specifications: All Details
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro renders have reportedly leaked and some key specifications of the earbuds have also been tipped. The renders indicate that the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro may come in a grey colour option. The report has hinted that the earbuds will come equipped with 10mm drivers and feature multiple microphones on each bud. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro price was reportedly leaked late last month. The earbuds from the South Korean company have been hinted to come in three colour options. The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are said to be the successor of the Galaxy Buds 2.
According to the German website Winfuture, the upcoming Galaxy Buds 2 Pro could come in a grey colour option. The earbuds have also been tipped to house 10mm drivers and multiple microphones on each earbud.
A report late last month had indicated that the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will be priced at $230 (roughly Rs. 18,300).The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have been hinted to launch later this year. The South Korean tech giant is hosting its Galaxy Unpacked event on August 10. However, it is being suggested that the Galaxy Buds Pro 2 will not be a part of the event lineup.
The alleged renders of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro were previously leaked in early July and the true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones were hinted to come in three colour options — Bora Purple, Graphite, and White. The renders also hinted that the earphones have a different design as compared to the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 launched last year.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are said to be the successor of the Galaxy Buds 2. The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are priced at Rs. 11,999 in India. They are available in Graphite, Lavender, Olive Green, and White colour options.
Nothing B155, B157 Wireless Earbuds Allegedly Bag SGS Fimko Certification, Launch Imminent
Nothing Phone 1, the first smartphone from the UK brand, led by ex-OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, was unveiled globally last month. Now the company is reportedly working on two new audio devices with Nothing B155 and Nothing B157 monikers and the models are reportedly undergoing internal testing in several European and Asian regions. Ahead of an official announcement, the upcoming wireless earphones have allegedly bagged the SGS Fimko certification. Nothing B157 is said to have cleared the Indian BIS certification as well. The new earbuds are expected to succeed the original Nothing Ear 1 earbuds that were launched last year.
Tipster Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) tweeted the screenshots of the alleged listing of Nothing B155 and Nothing B157 wireless earphones on the SGS Fimko website. As per the leak, both earphones will come with a charging case. The listing suggests that both the devices will support 5W charging.
The tipster also spotted the Nothing B157 on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) website, hinting at an imminent launch in India. The new models are said to be undergoing internal testing in various European and Asian regions and could be unveiled by the end of third quarter of 2022.
Last year, Nothing Ear 1 were launched at Rs. 5,999 in India with a semi-transparent design. The truly wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds feature 11.6mm dynamic drivers and include Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity. There is also support for both wired and wireless charging.
The Ear 1 earbuds offer active noise cancellation (ANC) feature and there is also a transparency mode. The Nothing Ear 1 have touch controls to allow for quick control of playback, noise cancellation and transparency modes, and volume. Moreover, the earbuds are rated to deliver up to 34 hours of battery life in total — with the bundled case.
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