The much-anticipated second generation of AirPods Pro is here. At Apple’s Far Out event on Wednesday, the company announced the long-awaited update to the AirPods Pro, which was first released in October 2019. The new AirPods Pro comes with an upgraded H2 chip, which Apple touts as providing better sound quality and doubling the noise canceling of the original AirPods Pro for better sound immersion.
Apple’s new AirPods Pro have a longer battery life – six hours of listening time on a single charge – and 30 hours of listening time in the charging case. The AirPods Pro case can now be charged through the Apple Watch charger as well as a Lightning cable or MagSafe charger. The charging case now features a built-in speaker to alert users when the battery is low and charging, and with the “Find My” integration, the case will sound a tone to help users find misplaced earbuds. In addition, the addition of a lanyard loop further helps users ensure they don’t lose their buds.
The new AirPods Pro follows the “transparent” mode of the original and goes a step further with “adaptive transparency” to reduce harsh noises such as construction sounds or other high-decibel commotion. The “force sensor” on the new earbuds has also been upgraded with touch controls. This means that users can now adjust the volume of the earbuds themselves, a feature that was sorely lacking in previous models. In addition, the new ultra-small earbuds are now available to better accommodate a wider range of users.
The new AirPods Pro will cost £249, the same price as the original version, and can be ordered starting September 9, with general availability on September 23. News of the second-generation AirPods Pro comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement of the Apple Watch Ultra, and its iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices.
It’s £249. Available at apple.com