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Throughout its iPhone 15 occasion, Apple introduced that the second-generation AirPods Professional will quickly ship with a USB-C case. Nevertheless it seems the corporate quietly made different upgrades that transcend swapping the case’s charging port. For one, the USB-C AirPods Professional have tacked mud resistance onto their current water and sweat resistance: they’re rated IP54 versus the IPX4 of final 12 months’s Lightning mannequin. However maybe extra attention-grabbing is that these USB-C AirPods Professional will help lossless audio when used with Apple’s upcoming Imaginative and prescient Professional headset.

This marks the primary time that Apple’s wi-fi earbuds have supplied lossless playback. “The H2 chip within the newest AirPods Professional and Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, mixed with a groundbreaking wi-fi audio protocol, unlocks highly effective 20-bit, 48 kHz Lossless Audio with a large discount in audio latency,” the corporate’s press launch reads. Sometimes, high-resolution audio is available in at 24-bit / 48kHz, so it looks as if Apple’s resolution stops simply wanting that bit depth.

However a minimum of with the Imaginative and prescient Professional, it sounds as if Apple is pushing lossless for leisure and gaming functions — and never essentially in your laid-back music listening classes:

When Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional is obtainable early subsequent 12 months within the U.S., clients will be capable of take pleasure in essentially the most superior wi-fi audio expertise within the {industry} with the brand new AirPods Professional for distinctive leisure, gaming, FaceTime calls, and a lot extra.

I can’t think about many individuals will sit round streaming lossless Apple Music tracks whereas donning the premium blended actuality headset, so highlighting the lowered latency and better constancy for video games and flicks is sensible.

Right here’s what’s odd: this characteristic is seemingly solely supported by the USB-C AirPods Professional and never final 12 months’s model. Technically, these are nonetheless the second-generation AirPods Professional, however it might seem that Apple has made some under-the-hood tweaks that allow the lossless audio functionality.

I’m very interested by this “groundbreaking wi-fi audio protocol.” What’s it? Why would it not be unique to the Imaginative and prescient Professional and never additionally built-in with the brand-new iPhone 15 lineup? Apple’s AirPods Professional webpage has been up to date with these particulars:

Each characteristic the H2 chip, speaking at industry-shattering pace and unlocking a revolutionary new format rendering pure, uncompressed sound in actual time. So your films, reveals, and video games develop into breathtakingly immersive.

A “revolutionary new format,” eh? Hopefully, we’ll be taught extra over the approaching weeks and months. I might’ve anticipated Apple to convey wi-fi lossless audio to the AirPods Max first, however it’s unlikely we’ll see a brand new pair of these till subsequent 12 months on the earliest, so the Professional buds have jumped forward.

The “AirPods Professional (second era) with MagSafe Charging Case (USB‐C)” — what a product title — can be found for preorder right now and can be in shops alongside the iPhone 15 collection and new Apple Watches on September twenty second.

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