Say Hello to the all-new Apple AirPods Pro – the true “Pro” AirPods with the Apple-designed H1 chip that enables real-time noise cancellation. Apple has priced the AirPods Pro at $249 in the US. And, they will be available starting Wednesday, October 30.
Whats’s so different about the AirPods Pro?
As the name suggests, the AirPods Pro is the premium offering for low-latency sound and value-added features. In simple words, these new music-pods from Apple offers features like Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and all-day comfort. Well, do these features justify the Pro tagline? Well, let’s see about it in this brief overview.
The arrival of comfortable design.
Before getting into the main highlights of the internals, let us have a look at its design. Well, the design of this most modern iteration of AirPods is leaps and bounds ahead of the original AirPods.
Apple creates a distinct class of in-ear headphones with a customizable fit for every kind of human ear. The in-ear design acts as a seal to block the outside sound. Well, it means that the ear tips provide passive noise isolation even before the electronics kick into place. Besides, the H1 chip also allows for noise-cancellation at the hardware level.
The AirPods Pro comes with three soft, flexible silicone tips that click into place. Plus, these tips come in three sizes to choose from – Large, Medium, and Small. Besides, the tips conform to your ear shape, which allows for several benefits. For instance, security and comfort are the primary advantages of these custom-designed ear tips by Apple.
Most importantly, you’ll feel your music, not your headphones, as the vents help in equalizing the pressure in your ears. Now, this, in my opinion, is a Pro feature.
Active Noise Cancellation on AirPods Pro.
A fresh new feature on the latest Pro Pods from Apple is the Active Noise Cancellation. First, the entire mechanism uses two microphones, which helps in cutting out the noise. Second, one of these microphones is faces outside the AirPods Pro shell, and the other one faces inside.
The outward-facing microphone detects external sound and then counters it with equal anti-noise. As a result of it, the external sound gets canceled-out before you hear it. On the other hand, the inward-facing microphone listens inside your ear for unwanted sound and eliminates the anti-noise.
Important to note, the Noise cancellation mechanism happens at 200 times per second. Well, doesn’t it sound amazing? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
AirPods Pro Transparency mode.
The Pro AirPods is interesting in a lot of ways. For instance, the ability to switch from Active Noise Cancellation mode to the Transparency mode with a press and hold of a force touch sensor. Well, I know that it sounds like pressing the aluminum chassis on Pixel phones for activating the Google Assistant. But, this feature is implemented well on the AirPods Pro. The sensor is present on the stem of the AirPods and allows things to sound and feel natural with the Transparency mode.
In short words, the Transparency mode is for hearing what’s happening around you. Well, it means that the Transparency mode is the opposite of the Active Noise cancellation mode. So, be ready for Apple to mix the ambient sound of the traffic and flights at the airport with the sound output of the AirPods Pro for enriching the true to life sound experience.
What makes the hardware of the AirPods Pro?
Apple innovates the hardware on the AirPods Pro with a custom-built high-excursion, low-distortion speaker driver. Besides, there is an amplifier that powers the speaker driver to remove background noise and works with the H1 chip to control listening levels. Most importantly, this super-efficient high dynamic range amplifier produces a pure and incredibly clear sound. Also, it helps in enhancing the battery life on the product.
Apart from this, the AirPods Pro packs a custom chip that employes 10 audio cores. The result is low latency during connectivity and real-time active noise cancellation. Of course, the H1 chip powers everything from sound to Siri.
The Flex Sensors, and Water Resistance
The Stem portion of the Apple AirPods Pro comes hides flex sensors inside the shell. Well, these are the variable resistors that react to the amount of force which we apply to them. Apple calls it the Force sensor, and it helps to control music and calls, and switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode.
Other than that, this fresh gadget from Apple is Gym friendly as it
Important to note, the AirPods are sweat and water-resistant but not the charging case. So, don’t try swimming in the pool with the Apple AirPods Pro charging inside the cradle.
Battey and Charging
The new charging craddle is capable of delivering more than 24 hours of listening time and 18 hours of talk time. It means you don’t need to worry about charging the AirPods casing frequently. If you’re not a heavy user like me, the AirPods Pro will last you for around 4 days with the Battery case.
Anyways, they still charge via the Lightning connector, but they now come with a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box. And yes, it’s compatible with Qi-certified chargers. So, you can charge them wirelessly, which is a great thing. The case does fast charging and provides one hour of music or calls after just 5 minutes of charging.
Apart from this, the battery life on this new product is similar to the second-generation AirPods. So, you can expect about 4.5 hours of music listening time with noise-canceling turned on and 5 hours with it turned off. The Talktime is also quite substantial with 3.5 hours of backup during the noise-canceling feature is turned on.
The Apple AirPods Pro is for Whom?
For the people who want the convenience offered by over-ear headphones from Bose, Sony, and others, they should buy the Apple AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro will be available in over 25 countries, including the US at $249, but they are still costlier than the Sony’s noise-canceling 1000X M3 earbuds that cost $229. Anyways, the AirPods are still popular among the consumers, and we hope that the Pro variant will do as good if not better.