Apple has finally unveiled its newest wireless earbuds, the AirPods Pro, just days after it teased its key features online. The latest "hearables" from the Cupertino, California-based tech giant features a slew of game-changing designs and specifications, which are considered a milestone for the iconic series.
Right at the top of the list is the AirPods Pro's noise-isolating design, which is a first for Apple. It now features "three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that conform to the contours of each individual ear.
In essence, the newest accessories should fit in your ears snugly. Note that the wired earpods, alongside the wireless AirPods, both feature an open design with hard buds that aren't exactly the most comfortable and ergonomic out there. Apple also revealed that the accessories are sweat- and water-resistant.
Apple's AirPods Pro also come with an adaptive active noise-cancelling feature, plus a Transparency Mode. The latter allows sound to leak in while you're listening to a track. This should come in handy if you still want to hear traffic around you or train announcements while you are "plugged."
The AirPods Pro also feature a new "force sensor" which allows users to switch between the noise cancellation and "Transparency" modes. The sensor is placed on the accessories' stem. Also, the sensor should enable users to play, pause, or skip on music tracks, as well as hang up on phone calls.
In terms of its audio performance, the AirPods Pro are claimed to sound significantly better than its predecessors. Also, an improved bass performance is to be expected. Such an improvement can be attributed to its new design language. The accessories' Adaptive EQ feature should also provide both a rich and consistent listening experience for its users.
Under the hood, the AirPods Pro are equipped with Apple's H1 chip and features always-on voice recognition. If you're a "Hey Siri" kind of guy or gal, such a feature should sit well with that need. Meanwhile, Apple has also claimed that the newest earbuds have the same battery life as the regular AirPods, which translates to five hours of listening time in just a single charge.
When the noise cancellation is chosen, though, the AirPods Pro can deliver up to four and a half hours of listening. Either way, this is still as impressive as it is reliable.
In the Philippines, Apple's AirPods Pro carry a price tag of PHP 14,990, which already includes a wireless charging case. The all-new accessories require a device running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, WatchOS 6.1 or later, TVOS 13.2 or later, and macOS Catalina 10.15.1. or later.
It is scheduled to become available on October 30 in the US. Local availability is yet to be announced.