AirPods Pro 2 and the iPhone 14 are expected to receive a fantastic Bluetooth upgrade
A recent declaration filed by Apple indicates the company plans to employ a more advanced form of Bluetooth than it has in the past. If true, this is excellent news for the iPhone 14 and AirPods Pro 2, as it would allow for two extremely important audio advancements. Apple’s filing with Bluetooth’s control group (opens in new tab), discovered by MacRumors, suggests the company may begin implementing Bluetooth 5.2 in future products. The filing makes mention of Bluetooth 5.3, but as MacRumors points out, Apple always files for the version that is one up from the one it really uses.
It’s called Low-Loss Audio (LE Audio), and it’s meant to improve sound quality when your phone’s connection to your headphones is poor. According to the Bluetooth website, the new method achieves superior sound quality than current Bluetooth audio while using half the data in the connection. This implies that you can move much farther away from your smartphone, or put more barriers (such as walls) between your phone and your headphones before the sound stops working with an LE Audio device. It needs to have a steadier, more malleable feel.
Because of its capacity to transmit high-quality audio while using significantly less power, it could also allow AirPods to last significantly longer between charges. If Apple decides to adopt it, of course. Because LE Audio is a feature that requires explicit device support, having Bluetooth 5.2 on your phone and earphones does not guarantee that you will receive LE Audio. AuraCast is another great addition to Bluetooth 5.2. It lets audio stream to multiple devices over Bluetooth at the same time, which wasn’t possible before.
Some potential applications include connecting your AirPods to a public display for your own private audio and sharing your iPhone’s music or video sound with many sets of headphones from different brands (as long as they also support AuraCast). It might work similarly to the present audio-sharing feature of AirPods, but with much more robust capabilities. Both of these improvements require Bluetooth 5.0, which is not supported by the iPhone 13 or earlier or any of the currently available AirPods models, including the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. It may not seem like much of an increase, but even a.2 improvements would be welcome.