December 8, 2022
AirPods Pro 2 CT Scan Reveals Lanyard Loop as Possible Antenna [Images]

AirPods Pro 2 CT Scan Reveals Lanyard Loop as Possible Antenna [Images]

Posted September 27, 2022 at 9:43pm by iClarified · 5568 views
Check out these CT scan images of Apple's new AirPods Pro 2 taken by Lumafield with the Neptune industrial CT scanner.

The site notes that the case internals are similar to the first generation AirPods Pro with a few additions, like magnets for MagSafe.

The basic layout of the case is similar to the first-generation case, with two batteries sandwiching the main logic board. Like the first-generation case, a pair of magnets keeps the lid closed and another magnet in each charging well pulls the earbuds into place. The new case adds four magnets around the inductive charging coil; they align the case with a MagSafe or Apple Watch charger.

AirPods Pro 2 CT Scan Reveals Lanyard Loop as Possible Antenna [Images]

Notably, the lanyard appears to be more than meets the eye, with a hidden tail that's connected to a metal pad around the Lightning port.

There’s a new metal eyelet on the side of the case. Apple says it’s for a lanyard, but it seems to serve an additional purpose: it’s 4 mm deep and 18 mm long, with a hidden tail that’s connected to a metal pad around the Lightning port. Perhaps it’s an antenna to support improved “Find My” tracking.

AirPods Pro 2 CT Scan Reveals Lanyard Loop as Possible Antenna [Images]

Notably, the hinge on the back of the case is not metal but electroplated plastic with a metal pin inside. Additionally, the lid spring features bistable metal strap in place of the first gen's spring-loaded pin assembly.

Check out a few images below and hit the link for the full teardown. You can purchase the new AirPods Pro 2 on sale today for $239.99, down from $249.

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AirPods Pro 2 CT Scan Reveals Lanyard Loop as Possible Antenna [Images]
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