The rumored AirPods Pro headphones are officially real as Apple dropped the announcement out of the blue today. I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of the AirPods or even the EarPods, I think they’re horrible. But the new AirPods Pro are actually looking appealing, although the US$249 price tag isn’t making me want to rush and buy them.
The new AirPods Pro has a new design that not only looks better than the previous generation but looks to be more comfortable. The stem portion of the headphones has been shortened, making it looks less ugly and more natural. Apple has also added a rubber ear tip which is loads better than that hard plastic mess in the previous version.
Beyond the aesthetic looks of these new headphones, you’ll find an upgrade to active noise cancellation and Apple says they have superior and immersive sound. Other new features of the AirPods Pro are outlined by Apple below:
- The Ear Tip Fit Test helps ensure users get the best audio experience from AirPods Pro by testing the quality of the seal and identifying the best ear tip size for them. After placing AirPods Pro in each ear, advanced algorithms work together with the microphones in each AirPod to measure the sound level in the ear and compare it to what is coming from the speaker driver. In just seconds, the algorithm detects whether the ear tip is the right size and has a good fit, or should be adjusted to create a better seal.
- Voice-activated Siri uses the H1 chip to enable hands-free “Hey Siri” to play a song, increase the volume, make a call or get directions.
- Audio Sharing makes it easy to listen to the same song or watch the same movie with a friend by simply bringing a second pair of AirPods close to iPhone or iPad.
- Announce Messages automatically and conveniently speaks incoming messages as soon as they arrive, and when on a phone call or sharing media via Audio Sharing, Siri knows not to interrupt.
The new AirPods Pro also comes with transparency mode, something that isn’t new and is on other brands of headphones. Transparency mode provides users with the option to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around them, whether that’s to hear traffic while out for a run or an important train announcement during the morning commute.