Apple announces expensive AirPods Pro with awesome new features

Apple announces expensive AirPods Pro with awesome new features
AirPods are the world’s best-selling pair of wireless earphones at the moment but with new offerings from rival brands constantly being released, Apple’s product is gradually falling behind the competition in terms of features. 

To fix this situation, today the Cupertino-based giant has announced a new pair of earphones called AirPods Pro which incorporates multiple new features and starts shipping on Wednesday.

AirPods Pro: a new design and active noise cancellation


The biggest difference upon first glance versus Apple's regular pair of AirPods is undoubtedly the new design language. AirPods Pro feature a totally revamped look that focuses on an in-ear shape which provides a more comfortable fit and better sound isolation. Each earbud is created out of silicone and comes in three different sizes to make sure they fit your ears perfectly. Additionally, Apple says it uses an "innovative vent system" that helps regulate pressure and minimize the discomfort often associated with in-ear designs. This is coupled with both sweat and water resistance, making AirPods Pro a good companion for most workouts.

Helping justify the controversial 'Pro' branding is active noise cancellation, something Apple used on the Beats Powerbeats Pro earphones earlier this year. It removes a large amount of background noise and allows users to better focus on what they're listening to regardless of if it's a song, a podcast, or a phone call. The feature is enabled by an outward-facing microphone that detects and analyzes external sounds, a second inward-facing microphone that listens toward the ear, and some smart software wizardry which cancels out any unnecessary sound. Apple says AirPods Pro adjusts the noise cancellation feature 200 times every second.

To further improve the listening experience, the new AirPods are equipped with an Adaptive EQ which automatically tunes low and mid-frequencies to the shape of each ear. Combined with this is a custom high dynamic range amplifier that produces clearer sound while powering a custom high-excursion, low-distortion speaker that also optimizes the audio quality and improves the overall AirPods Pro efficiency which, in turn, extends battery life.

Although active noise cancellation will undoubtedly be met with praise by fans of Apple's wireless earphones, the feature can be annoying in some situations. That's why Apple has created a Transparency Mode which allows users to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around them. Examples of its use include conversations with a friend, important train announcements when commuting, or even listening out for traffic while cycling. To switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes, users simply need to tap the new force sensor found on the stem. The latter can also be used to play, pause or skip songs and answer or decline calls.

AirPods Pro battery life, price, and release date


AirPods Pro pair the custom H1 chip found inside the regular AirPods with an updated wireless charging case that's noticeably wider than the previous one. On a single charge, it enables "over" 24 hours of listening time with AirPods Pro or an impressive 18 hours of talk time. 

If your charging case is depleted and you're relying only on the AirPods Pro's battery, Apple says you'll be able to achieve up to five hours of listening time. With Active Noise Cancellation switched on, this drops down to four hours and 30 minutes of listening time or three hours and 30 minutes of talk time. As per usual, the charging case itself can be charged via a Qi-certified charging mat or the Lightning connector that's present on the bottom.

Like Apple's regular AirPods, the Pro version also supports hands-free Siri with the "Hey Siri" command, Audio Sharing so you and your friend can listen to the same song or movie at the same time, and the ability to announce messages or phone calls automatically as they arrive, although this won't happen if you're on a phone call or using the Audio Sharing feature.

Apple says AirPods Pro start shipping this Wednesday, October 30, with the wireless charging case included for free. The product retails at $249 in the US and is available to pre-order right now via the company's official website. Apple's AirPods Pro will start appearing in physical stores later this week, although availability does vary by country and region.

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24 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 873; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

AirPod spend night at Xiaomi home... And now we have... PRO

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1552; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I think the Power beats pro at 199 is a better buy.

5. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 148; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Yeah but those are on sale right now. Regular price is the same as the AirPods Pro.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Absolutely in terms of value These AirPods Pro will still have tiny non-replaceable batteries with only 4.5-5 hours battery So in 1.5 years they will degrade and you'll have less than 3 hours

4. LawnBoy

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Lollol

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’ll give em a try, hopefully they’re worth keeping for the price.

23. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

Report back here, please. I want to see how they might fit in my ears. Regular Airpods fall out.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrr, you know I will.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It’s actually not a high price tag considering the competition. There were rumors of them retailing for $299, so really this is kind of a surprise that they retailed them for lower.

11. Poptart2828

Posts: 459; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I agree. The price is about right. Using the rubber end piece is a plus for me. Hard plastic in my ear starts hurting after a bit

12. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I will let Flossy and White Shoes check them out first. In ears is a hit and miss with me and 250 is a bit much.

13. Xavier1415

Posts: 217; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

lol agreed with the flossy and white shoes part lol

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love my white shoes. I love my white shoes. White shoes, calm down.

16. Feanor

Posts: 1415; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

So these days Apple has the Cheese Grater Mac Pro, the Kitchen Stove iPhone 11 and now the Hairdryer AirPods!!! How cool is that? Maybe next product will be the Cuckoo Clock Watch. What a beautiful home appliance inspired lineup! …In all fairness Apple design has never hit rock bottom like this before.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The AirPods look ok, could’ve looked better though. I think Apple’s saving the big iPhone refresh for next year. Someone got banned I see.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

Gosh, who could that be?? Let's go to a New York Apple store and find out!

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! You remember lol.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder if the moderators know

28. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

Oh, probably!

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, they knew.

19. wickedwilly

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

"AirPods are the world’s best-selling pair of wireless earphones at the moment but with new offerings from rival brands constantly being released, Apple’s product is gradually falling behind the competition in terms of features." Joshua, Airpods were never in front of the competition even when they were first released. Poor-fitting, sound and controls in a cheap plastic design did not make for a great set of headphones. They have since fallen further behind even more. If these are to be anywhere near class-leading then fit and sound need to be massively improved.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He said best selling, not best.

29. wickedwilly

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I realise that, but my point related to "Apple’s product is gradually falling behind the competition in terms of features." They have not gradually been falling behind as they never were at the level of the best wireless in-ear headphones even when first released.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31530; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that’s true in a sense, like you said. iOS has never been on par, or equal to android in features. Apple has started to listen to its user base more, over the last few years, but more is needed. For instance, the Pro Max is a great phone (even outstanding in ways), but for me it needs 4 features to make it killer. 1. Split view 2. PIP 3. Apple Pencil support 4. A multi item clipboard. Those have been on android (Galaxy wise and others) for years.

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