With the buzz around the new iPhones and Apple Watches still fresh, Apple has rushed in a new pair of wireless earphones called AirPods Pro. Successor to second generation AirPods, the new earphones has a new design, some highly sought after audio features targeted at serious music enthusiasts like noise cancellation and a higher price tag. It will be available in India in multiple eye catching colours at Apple’s authorised resellers from 30 October at starting price of ₹24,900. Its predecessor, which was launched in March 2019, is priced at ₹14,900.
The design upgrade includes flexible silicone ear tips available in three different sizes for a more snug experience while listening to music. To enhance the usability, the AirPod Pro offers sweat and water resistance, making them highly viable for runners and athletes.
Apple has used the same H1 chip we saw in the predecessor, to power the AirPods Pro. It has 10 cores and is at heart of everything the earphone is capable of, be it calling the voice based personal assistant Siri or the adaptive technology behind the high quality audio or the new active noise cancellation feature.
For real time active noise cancellation, the AirPods Pro’s two microphones work in tandem with in-built software to adjust to each individual ear. The first microphone, placed on the outer side detects sounds from outside to assess the environmental noise levels and then creates an anti noise to block out the outside noise. The second microphone, faced inwards, cancels put rest of the background noise.
The new AirPods has got an additional feature called Transparency mode that allows users to listen to music playing in the earphones with a bit of outside sound so they can hear traffic, car honks and announcements at stations or airports while still using them. We have seen similar feature in some of Bose’s Quiet Comfort earphones.
The AirPods Pro can be charged with a Qi-certified charging mat or a lightning port and assures up to 5 hours of battery backup. It will work wirelessly over Bluetooth with all Apple devices running iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, watchOS 6.1, macOS Catalina 10.15.1, tvOS 13.2, as well as their future versions.