Apple has launched the AirPods Pro, its first pair of truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation and a tweaked, more premium in-ear design with flexible ear tips. The AirPods Pro also sweat and water resistant. In many ways, the AirPods Pro are an upgrade – or true successor - to the original AirPods launched in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The AirPods Pro will be available for buying in India at a price of Rs 24,900 with availability specifics still unknown – while in the US the AirPods Pro will be available for buying from October 30 at a price of $249.
The biggest upgrade is coming in the form of active noise cancellation. The AirPods come with dedicated microphones that ‘actively’ detect external ambience and these then cancel it out – Apple says, “noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second.” There’s also a transparency mode that will allow users to hear their surroundings as and when needed. This will be activated through ‘force sensors’ built into the stem of the AirPods Pro – these can also be used to control music playback.
Apple is touting generally improved audio, over the previous generation AirPods. These come with ‘adaptive EQ’ that “automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear.”
Another big upgrade is coming in the form of fit and finish. This is the first time Apple will be offering flexible ear tips – in three sizes – in the box. Apple is also offering software-based tuning to tell you if you’ve chosen the right size. The AirPods Pro are also IPX4-certified for sweat and water resistant.
Like the AirPods 2, the AirPods Pro also come with Apple’s custom H1 chip for seemingly faster connectivity, improved battery life and hands-free Hey Siri support. Speaking of battery life, Apple is claiming around 4.5 hours of continuous music playback with active noise cancellation – but as is usually the case, the carrying case promises “over 24 hours of listening time or over 18 hours of talk time.” The case supports wireless charging and will work with any Qi-enabled wireless charger.