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Introducing the All-New AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

October 16, 2023
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The most well-liked headphones in the world just got better thanks to Apple’s announcement of the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging (USB-C). With incredible sound quality, up to twice as much active noise cancellation as their predecessor, an advanced transparency mode, a more immersive spatial audio experience, and an expanded range of ear tip sizes for an even better fit, AirPods Pro (2nd generation) continue to revolutionize personal audio. The second iteration of AirPods Pro includes improvements like USB-C charging, more dust resistance, and lossless audio with Apple Vision Pro. All AirPods Pro (2nd generation) now support new audio features like adaptive audio and conversation awareness with iOS 17.1.

Ordering for the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case (USB-C) will start today, and the devices will go on sale in stores on September 22.

Added Convenience and Durability

The redesigned AirPods Pro features a USB-C connector, making it simple to charge your Mac, iPad, AirPods, and iPhone 15 series with just one cable. The USB-C-equipped iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max allow users to instantly charge AirPods.

Users may take the earphones and case on their preferred tough excursions thanks to an upgraded IP54 rating that provides additional dust resistance.

Design

Design

We are currently using the company’s fifth set of earbuds, and only the third generation saw any changes to the design of the “regular” AirPods. Even back then, the business maintained the controversial stickbud design, which has come to represent Apple’s real wireless product selection. At this point, expecting Cupertino residents to do away with the stem is probably unsuccessful, but hey, I encourage Apple to disprove my theory.

Even with the recognizable appearance, there are a few minor but important modifications. The first is a gesture that is invisible: the new swipe gesture. The side of that panel now supports swipes, but the main controls (play/pause, skipping tracks, sound modes, and Siri) are still clickable on the AirPods Pro stem. This volume-controlling touch motion is mirrored on both sides and is employed.

The earbud won’t stay in your ear if you simply swipe it; instead, you need to secure the tip with your thumb, exactly as you would if you were trying to hit the main button. The extra-small (XS) ear tip size is one improvement that can be seen, and it will help even more people with fit and passive noise reduction. In an effort to improve overall performance and comfort, it’s noteworthy that Apple has modified these AirPods for small ears.

The AirPods Pro charging case is where the other significant design modifications occur. The first improvement is that it now includes a built-in speaker, making it simpler to hear pings when searching for the earbuds or to hear the tones that indicate low battery, charging, and connecting. As a result, the bottom border of the grille can now be seen. The case is water- and sweat-resistant because it has the same IPX4 rating as the AirPods Pro.

A lanyard loop has also been added to one side. Since Apple products seldom come with one, the extra convenience will set you back more money. The firm presently charges $13 for a lanyard from Incase in its online store, but you can anticipate other accessory manufacturers to offer alternatives soon.

Introducing AirPods Pro Lossless Audio with Apple Vision Pro

Apple Vision Pro will work flawlessly with AirPods Pro (2nd generation) and MagSafe Charging Case (USB-C) thanks to lossless audio and extremely low latency. A revolutionary wireless audio protocol and the H2 chip in the most recent AirPods Pro and Apple Vision Pro unlock powerful 20-bit, 48 kHz lossless audio with an incredible reduction in audio latency.

Customers will be able to enjoy the most cutting-edge wireless audio experience in the market with the new AirPods Pro for amazing entertainment, gaming, FaceTime chats, and so much more when Apple Vision Pro becomes obtainable in the United States early next year.

Software and features

Software and features

Because all of the AirPods Pro’s features are built into iOS, there is no need to download separate software in order to make changes. For this reason, when you open the case and hit the on-screen pop-up, the earphones automatically pair with your phone. As before, a lengthy press on the volume slider in the Control Centre will rapidly access noise cancellation, transparency, spatial audio, and head tracking.

With iOS 16, a shortcut in the main view of your iPhone’s settings allows you to avoid the additional taps through the Bluetooth menu. You’ll find the battery life of the case and the earbuds (one value for both) after you reach the AirPods Pro settings page. Just below are the options for changing the long press to activate Siri rather than cycle through the sound modes. These options include ANC, transparency, and turning both of these options off. This menu also contains sliders for turning off adaptive transparency, in-ear detection, charging case sound optimization, and Find Me. This is where you may also find Apple’s ear tip fit test.

Apple has previously provided adaptive EQ, but adaptive transparency is a new feature with the second-generation AirPods Pro. Providing a degree of noise reduction to strong noises like a siren or a jackhammer helps when you are in ambient sound mode. The Noise app on your Apple Watch will display in real-time how many decibels the AirPods Pro are blocking while they are paired with your wristband. Additionally, the Health app receives that information so you may measure your aural exposure levels. Yes, the AirPods Pro still lets you hear these sounds (you’ll need to be aware of an incoming siren after all), but it substantially softens them for your ears.

Personalized sound quality is another new feature that Apple added to the AirPods Pro. You can start adjusting the device to your ears from this primary settings menu, which, according to Apple, will enhance the immersive quality of spatial audio with better precision and clarity for directional aspects in movies, TV shows, and videos. Using an iPhone’s front-facing TrueDepth camera, you set it up by creating a personal profile. Your phone does the rest after scanning your face and ears.

In a manner similar to configuring FaceID, you also take pictures of the sides of your head. Sony uses a phone camera and a short scan in a similar manner to customize 360-degree audio for each individual. In addition to the third-generation AirPods and AirPods Max, personalized spatial audio will also be accessible on the first-generation AirPods Pro. The sound profile syncs with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV once it is set up.

A U1 chip from the improved charging case allows precision finding in Find My. You currently know a rough location where the misplaced AirPods case might be. But like it does for AirTags, Apple provides direction and distance information for the AirPods Pro. In case you forgot, the U1 chip from the business has been in every iPhone since the 11 in order to provide exact location capabilities. The element functions exactly as it does for the AirTags’ new AirPods Pro case.

Better for the Environment

Better for the Environment

The new AirPods Pro were made with many eco-friendly components and features, such as the plating of several printed circuit boards with 100% recycled gold and the use of 100% recycled rare earth elements in all magnets. Additionally, the case uses only recyclable materials—100% recycled aluminum for the hinge and 100% recycled tin for soldering the main logic board.

Mercury, BFRs, PVC, and beryllium are among the potentially hazardous materials that are absent from AirPods Pro (2nd generation). Apple is getting closer to its goal of completely eliminating plastic from all packaging by 2025 thanks to redesigned packaging that does away with the outer plastic wrap and uses at least 90% fiber-based materials.

By 2030, Apple wants to be completely carbon neutral throughout its entire manufacturing supply chain and all phases of product life cycles. Currently, the company is carbon neutral for its global corporate activities. This means that every Apple product will have a net-zero climate effect in terms of how it is manufactured, put together, shipped, used by customers, and recycled or recovered components.

H2 chip

H2 chip

For many years, Apple’s Beats headphones and earbuds have been powered by the H1 chip. Everything from adaptive EQ and active noise cancellation to hands-free Siri is handled by this component. But every great technological advancement has its time, and Apple is now offering the H2 on the new AirPods Pro. The new chip, according to the manufacturer, handles new features like adaptive transparency in addition to better sound quality and ANC.

Although H2 is more powerful, it is also more effective. For instance, the chip can process 48,000 times per second on the device with adaptive transparency to identify and muffle any loud noises you may hear. Apple claims that H2 can execute ANC algorithms that were previously impractical on gadgets the size of AirPods. As a result, AirPods Pro suppresses twice as much noise as the original model when used in conjunction with the drivers, vents, and microphones. When you hear yourself talk in transparency mode, H2 improves adaptive EQ with algorithms for better and more reliable audio performance and tries to make you sound more genuine.

I am aware that there have been numerous claims of improved performance in various fields. But all you really need to know is that everything Apple has added, enhanced, or refined since the 2019 model is made possible by the new H2 chip.

Battery life

Battery life

According to Apple, you can expect a battery life of up to six hours with noise-canceling turned on or up to seven hours without it. The redesigned case has three more charges and can now be recharged with an Apple Watch charger, as well as MagSafe and Qi-certified accessories, a Lightning cable, and other accessories. Five minutes in the case will provide you with up to an hour of use in an emergency. According to the business, customized spatial audio and dynamic head tracking reduce listening time overall by 30 minutes, and calls can last up to 4.5 minutes just for talking.

In my experiments, I was able to utilize the device for six hours and fifteen minutes while juggling calls, transparency mode, and noise cancellation. This is comparable to the majority of the current competition and is longer than the previous generation’s 4.5 hours. While some businesses do offer 10-plus hours of battery life, the average for the noise-canceling gadgets I’ve evaluated is closer to five to seven hours. The six to seven hours of battery life that Apple manages are sufficient to get you through the workday if you take a little break, though more battery life is always great.

Pricing and availability

Pricing and availability
  • The second version of AirPods Pro will be on sale for $249 (U.S.) starting on Friday, September 22 on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in the United States and more than 30 additional nations and regions.
  • For $19 (U.S.) today only, EarPods (USB-C) will be sold on apple.com/store and through the Apple Store app in the United States and more than 30 other nations and regions.
  • Only at the Apple Store Online, customers can personalize their AirPods Pro with a combination of emoji, names, initials, and numbers.
  • With the purchase of any pair of AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max, new members may enjoy Apple Music for free for six months. Details can be found at apple.com/promo.
  • Use AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with a MagSafe Charging Case (USB-C) in conjunction with an Apple device running the most recent version of the operating system software for full feature capability.
  • With iOS 17, the AirPods lineup will also get new features like adaptive audio, conversation awareness, and personalized volume in addition to mute/unmute for enhanced call control and improved automatic switching across the ecosystem.

Conclusion

Apple has introduced the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging (USB-C) technology, enhancing the world’s most popular headphones. The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) offers enhanced audio quality, double active noise cancellation, transparency mode, an immersive spatial audio experience, and an expanded range of ear tip sizes. They also feature USB-C charging capabilities, additional dust resistance, and lossless audio with Apple Vision Pro.

With iOS 17, all AirPods Pro (2nd generation) offer new audio experiences like adaptive audio and conversation awareness. The AirPods Pro are available to order starting today and will be available in stores starting Friday, September 22. The updated design includes a new swipe gesture for volume control and an extra-small ear tip size for improved fit. The AirPods Pro charging case now features a built-in speaker, an IPX4 rating, and a lanyard loop.

Apple has introduced the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case (USB-C) for a wireless audio solution with Apple Vision Pro. The H2 chip in the AirPods Pro and Apple Vision Pro, combined with a groundbreaking wireless audio protocol, unlocks powerful 20-bit, 48 kHz lossless audio with a massive reduction in audio latency. The AirPods Pro features are baked into iOS, allowing seamless pairing with the phone.

In iOS 16, a shortcut in the main view of iPhone settings saves extra taps through the Bluetooth menu. Adaptive Transparency is a new feature for the second-generation AirPods Pro, reducing noise from loud noises like sirens or jackhammers. Personalized spatial audio is another new feature, allowing users to tune the device to their ears for better immersive audio quality. The upgraded charging case houses a U1 chip that enables precision finding in Find My, offering direction and distance information like AirTags.

FAQS

What’s new in AirPods 2?

With incredible sound quality, up to twice as much active noise cancellation as their predecessor, an advanced transparency mode, a more immersive spatial audio experience, and an expanded range of ear tip sizes for an even better fit, AirPods Pro (2nd generation) continue to revolutionize personal audio.

Will there be a new AirPods Pro in 2023?

Apple updated the AirPods Pro in September 2023 and released a new model of the AirPods Pro 2, which had first been released in September 2022. The upgraded AirPods Pro 2 have a USB-C port rather than a Lightning port, but Apple did not make any design changes to them.

Does the AirPods 2nd generation have noise-cancelling?

Active Noise Cancellation uses a microphone or microphones that face the outside to identify outside sounds. Your AirPods Pro (first or second generation) or AirPods Max then use anti-noise to filter out the outside sounds before you even hear them.

How do I set up my new AirPods 2?

Follow the onscreen instructions after opening the case with your AirPods inside and placing it close to your iPhone or iPad. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the AirPods case for around five seconds, or until the status light flashes white, to connect to other devices.