Apple Fans! Christmas has come early as the brand has just dropped its much anticipated update of its headphones, the AirPods Pro.
The new feature that was most expected is the addition of active noise cancellation, bringing the buds up to spec with other manufacturers’ flagship efforts, such as Sony’s WF-1000XM3 earphones.
Coming on October 30 and costing £249, the new AirPods Pro come with a wireless charging case, are sweat and water resistant (IPX4 rating), and cost £50 more than the old AirPods with wireless charging. Speaking of power, the Pros have a slightly lower performance time of 4.5 hours compared to the older AirPods’ five hours.
As is standard, the AirPods Pros use two microphones to remove background noise. An outward-facing mic is there to detect external sound and environmental noise, while a second inward-facing mic listens toward the ear while the noise cancellation software adapts the sound signal 200 times per second.
Another welcome addition is the redesign. We’re fans of the AirPods, but not the aesthetic and have been eager for Apple to improve the design of the earphones since it revealed the AirPods 2 back in March. The ‘stem’ coming down from the bud itself on the new iteration is shorter, which definitely improves the overall look. As a consequence of this redesign, the wireless charging case is now shorter and squatter than the old version.
AirPods Pro also drops the standard one-size earbud shape in favour of three different sized interchangeable silicone ear tips. Apple says this makes for more a comfortable fit and a better seal. This is by no means guaranteed, however, as some silicone ear tips are considerably more comfortable than others. Perhaps with this issue in mind, the Pros also employ a vent system to equalise pressure, and supposedly minimise the uncomfortable suction that can come with in-ear designs.