Bose’s newest QuietComfort earphones, the QC Earbuds II, will be available next year. According to the company’s promise, a firmware update will arrive for the headphones through the Bose application by April 2023, after installing which the headphones will be able to communicate with compatible phones using Qualcomm chips via aptX HD or aptX Adaptive codecs. The update is being prepared in cooperation between Bose and Qualcomm, and the cooperation of the two companies is expected to expand with products in the next year.
This is what QC Earbuds II looks like from the inside. (source: Bose)
According to Bose’s announcement, they are committed to using the S5 Audio SoC developed by Qualcomm in the future, and with this comes support for aptX Lossless codecs. Due to hardware limitations, QC Earbuds II cannot yet support aptX Lossless, but compared to AAC and SBC codecs, aptX Adaptive is also a huge improvement for those who use Android phones with their Bose earphones.