The popular headphones look the same as before, the manufacturer has revised them significantly under the hood: The battery case has a revised search function.
Apple has introduced the second generation of the popular Bluetooth headphones, they are still called AirPods Pro. Rumors that the manufacturer would change the design of the headphones have not been confirmed. The new headphones look just like their predecessors. They have a glossy white plastic housing and a short bridge that houses the built-in microphones in addition to the batteries. They are held in the ear with exchangeable silicone inserts, which are included in four sizes and are intended to seal the auditory canal as well as possible. Like its predecessor, the housing is protected against splash water according to IP protection class IPX4.
Touch operation and new Apple chip
As usual, the AirPods are operated via pressure sensors in the bars. A touch control function is new, where you wipe over the bars. This should now also be able to change the volume. A revised Apple chip called H2 is used for coupling – the predecessors still use Apple’s H1. The chip allows you to quickly switch between different Apple devices and issue Siri commands via “Hey Siri” without first pressing a button.
Improved ANC and transparency mode
Like its predecessors, the AirPods Max and AirPods 3, the AirPods Pro support 3D audio with head tracking, which Apple calls Spatial Audio. On an iPhone with iOS 16, the sound can be personalized in the future and adapted to your own listening preferences.
The active noise reduction (ANC) should also work more precisely, according to Apple the impression is up to twice as quiet. The transparency mode, which is intended to suppress background noise and allow speech to enter the ear, is now supposed to work adaptively.
Battery case with Ultra Wide Band and more precise Find My search
There are innovations in the battery case: It now has small openings on the underside for a built-in speaker. Anyone who has misplaced their AirPods or the battery case can use their iPhone to play a sound through the speaker using the “Where is?” app. This was previously possible via the handset, especially when they were in the charging case, it was often so quiet that you could hardly hear it. The charging case now also has Apple’s U1 ultra-wideband chip installed, which is already known from the AirTags key finders. This allows lost AirPods to be located more precisely. So that you don’t lose them so quickly, Apple has provided an eyelet for a loop or a carrying strap (lanyard).
AirPods Pro 2 (13 images)
Charge via legacy Lightning port, Qi, or MagSafe
Apple has extended the runtimes: With one battery charge, you should be able to listen to music with the AirPods Pro for up to six hours, previously it was four and a half hours with or five hours without activated ANC. If you charge the headphones in the charging case in between, you should now get a total of 30 hours, previously it was up to 24.
The earphones continue to charge via the included battery case. As before, they are powered by a Lightning port. The case of the AirPods Pro does not yet offer a USB-C socket, Apple may sell such a charging case later. Alternatively, the case can also be charged inductively, for example using the standard Qi or Apple’s magnetic MagSafe adapter. As usual, the headphones come with a USB-C to Lightning cable.
Prices and Availability
The list price is 249 US dollars, in this country 249 euros will probably be called. If you want the new handset, you have to be patient: The AirPods Pro 2 can be pre-ordered from September 9th, they should be delivered from September 23rd.
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