Apple Just Dropped the AirPods Pro
The highly-anticipated and highly-leaked Apple AirPods Pro have officially been announced. Apple kept to the same naming convention with these true wireless earbuds, coining them the AirPods Pro. And like their iPhone counterparts, they also received quite the boost.
This time around, Apple is making the AirPods work for everybody, starting with the design. Apple usually steers away from an ear tip design, but it’s seems they’ve finally given in. Users will have three opportunities to find their perfect fit with the flexible silicone ear tips. Not only do the ear tips offer comfort and security, but they also make for an enhanced experience with the new Active Noise Cancellation and immersive sound.
With AirPods Pro tightly sealed in the ear and a combination of two microphones, users can focus on their music without the distraction of background noise. The advanced software uses one microphone that faces outward and another that faces inward. The outward facing microphone detects and analyzes external sound while the inward facing microphone listens towards the ear and cancels noise that doesn’t belong.
With a focus on their music, listeners will also enjoy sound that is customized to the shape of their ear. Adaptive EQ will automatically tune the low-and mid-frequencies to provide their ideal sound.
Apple realized that people might not want to be completely tuned out of the world around them all the time, so they added Transparency mode to allow some noise to leak through. Transparency mode can be used to hear traffic or an important train announcement. Switching between the two modes is simple, and can be done using the sensors on the stem of the AirPods, or within settings on the iPhone
Unfortunately though, the next generation of AirPods has the same amount of battery life as the first generation. The AirPods Pro provides five hours of listening time or four and a half hours while using Active Noise Cancellation. Same as before, the charging case can provide another 24 hours of listening or 18 hours of talk time before needing to be charged itself.
“AirPods are the best-selling headphones in the world. The one-tap setup experience, incredible sound and iconic design have made them a beloved Apple product, and with AirPods Pro, we’re taking the magic even further,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new in-ear AirPods Pro sound amazing with Adaptive EQ, fit comfortably with flexible ear tips and have innovative Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. We think customers are going to love this new addition to the AirPods family.”
The last thing that got a boost was the price. AirPods Pro are available now for $249, and will make their way to stores on Oct. 30. The original AirPods will keep the same pricing model (for now) at $159 and $199, depending on whether you opt for the wireless charging case or not.