Apple Revealed The Noise-Canceling AirPods Pro, Coming October 30th
Apple has just revealed the noise-canceling AirPods Pro coming out in October. The premium earbuds will be on sale on October 30th for $249. They’re up for preorder from today. And yes, you will still get them in just white.
Apple has built microphones into the AirPods Pro that identify the external sound, and the earbuds then remove that ambient noise. The system used here sounds very comparable to the noise cancellation in the new Beats Solo Pro headphones — just miniaturized to a much less form factor. Apple says noise cancellation is regulated up to 200 times per second.
The AirPods Pro features a transparency mode that will let you hear your surroundings while wearing them. The earbuds have a “force sensor” that you use to control music playback and activate transparency mode.
Apple is promising excellent audio quality from the AirPods Pro for that $249 price. They have a feature called “Adaptive EQ” that “automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear.”
Unlike the AirPods you get now, these will come with flexible ear tips for a more firm, sealed in-ear fit. Three sizes of silicone tips will come in the box. Apple even says there’s a software audio test that can tell you if you’ve got the right-sized tip by “measuring the sound level in the ear and comparing it to what is coming from the speaker driver.” This should minimise any guesswork or trouble for customers.
Just like the second-gen AirPods, the AirPods Pro support wireless charging and hands-free “Hey Siri” voice commands. They will take 4.5 hours of continuous listening battery life. But as usual with AirPods, the case has enough extra battery for around 24 hours of listening time with those recharges.
The AirPods Pro is water and sweat resistant — get ready to start seeing these in gyms everywhere — and they comes with “an expanded mesh microphone port that improves call clarity in windy situations.”