Announced at this week’s “Far Out” Apple Event, the new Airpods Pro 2nd generation wireless earbuds have a range of improvements over the previous version. As a market leader, Apple always has plenty to live up to – so let’s get into it.
What’s new about the AirPods Pro 2nd Gen?
Not much has changed about the look and feel, save for the inclusion of an additional size of ear tips for added comfort. However, the addition of the new H2 chip, a new driver, and an amplifier means a more refined listening experience. A new generation of tech on board allows more advanced experiential audio features like Adaptive Transparency.
By intuitively reducing environmental noise with apparently twice the power of the old AirPods Pro, the new version delivers better audio quality and a more immersive listening experience. In addition, improved efficiency gives you 30 hours of total playback with ANC active, which is 6 hours more than the previous model.
The neatly designed new stem features do make operation far more convenient than before. By sliding your finger along the stem of the earpiece, you can adjust the volume. Meanwhile, tapping will play, stop, or answer incoming calls. There is even a skin detector feature that reacts by pausing or resuming playback if you remove or replace the AirPods Pro in your ears.
Should you misplace it, the newly designed charge case allows you to easily locate it with your U1-enabled iPhone. The built-in speaker emits an audible tone, while the app directs you to the lost case. Charging can now happen via the Apple Watch charger, MagSafe charger, Qi-certified charging mat, or Lightning cable.
Pricing and availability:
You can order the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) online or via the Apple Store app for $249 from Friday, September 9. After that, they drop in stores from Friday, September 23.
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