Apple’s AirPods get the “Pro” treatment and come with noise-canceling and adaptive EQ.
Ditching the open-fit design of its predecessor, the AirPods Pro now have interchangeable in-ear buds in three different sizes. The soft, flexible silicone ear tips conform to the contours of each individual ear, so you’re sure to find one that fits you comfortably. In addition, Apple says these buds are sweat- and water-resistant, making them good for active lifestyles.
Sound-wise, the new earphones feature Adaptive EQ that “automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear.”
Similar to other noise-canceling buds in the market, the AirPods Pro allow users to simultaneously listen to their music while still hearing their surroundings. Apple calls this Transparency Mode, and users can toggle between this mode and Active Noise Cancellation with a pinch of the new force sensor on the stem. Furthermore, actions on the force sensor include music and call controls.
Packed with an Apple H1 chip, these buds have always-on voice recognition, which summons Siri without the need to pull out your phone.
The AirPods Pro will have up to five hours of battery life on a single charge. In Active Noise Cancellation, it promises up to four and a half hours of listening. Its charging case also gets a new form factor, which is now wider than taller.
These new true wireless earphones will retail for $249 in the U.S. starting October 30. They will also require Apple devices to run iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.
Apple has only announced the price in the Philippines—P14,990—but hasn’t announced the official date of availability yet.