The AirPods Pro 2 launched on Friday as Apple’s first new version since their original launch in 2019. Some of the biggest changes are to the included charging case with a new lanyard sleeve, Find My integration and built-in speakers.
A new CT scanner look at the AirPods Pro 2 from Lumafield shows a peek inside the AirPods Pro 2 charging case, and it looks like there might be more to the new lanyard case than meets the eye.
The CT scan shows that the internal layout of the new AirPods Pro 2 charging case is roughly the same as the first generation. There are two batteries around the main logic board along with magnets to keep the lid closed and to hold each of the earphones in place. There are also four magnets around the wireless charging coil to support MagSafe charging.
Where things get interesting though is when you look at the metal eye on the side of the charging case. Apple says this is purely for the case, but the CT scans suggest something more:
There is a new metal eye on the side of the cabinet. Apple says it’s for a lanyard, but it appears to serve an additional purpose: it’s 4mm deep and 18mm long, with a hidden tail that connects to a metal pad around the Lightning port. Maybe it’s an antenna that supports enhanced “Find My” tracking.
Whether or not this is actually true is unclear at this time. The folks at iFixit will likely have a physical breakdown at some point, which could tell us more. However, it makes sense that Apple would have to make some changes to the case to properly support Find My.
Have you picked up the new AirPods Pro 2 yet? If so, what do you think? Tell us in the comments.
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