Apple reveals all-new AirPods Pro with Active Noise Cancellation; available October 30th for $249

AirPods Pro bring Active Noise Cancellation with superior sound to the AirPods family.
AirPods Pro bring Active Noise Cancellation with superior sound to the AirPods family.

Apple today announced AirPods Pro, an exciting addition to the AirPods family that features Active Noise Cancellation and superior, immersive sound in an all-new lightweight, in-ear design. AirPods Pro are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today and in stores beginning Wednesday, October 30.

“AirPods are the best-selling headphones in the world. The one-tap setup experience, incredible sound and iconic design have made them a beloved Apple product, and with AirPods Pro, we’re taking the magic even further,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new in-ear AirPods Pro sound amazing with Adaptive EQ, fit comfortably with flexible ear tips and have innovative Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. We think customers are going to love this new addition to the AirPods family.”

AirPods Pro join the existing AirPods line in delivering an unparalleled wireless audio experience. Each model uses advanced technology to reinvent how people listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. The magical setup experience customers love with today’s AirPods extends to AirPods Pro. By opening the charging case near an iOS or iPadOS device and giving it a simple tap, AirPods Pro are immediately paired to all the devices signed into a user’s iCloud account, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and iPod touch.

AirPods Pro bring the magic of AirPods to an all-new lightweight, in-ear design.
AirPods Pro bring the magic of AirPods to an all-new lightweight, in-ear design.

All-New Design

AirPods revolutionized the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design, and now AirPods Pro take it even further with a new class of lightweight, in-ear headphones engineered for comfort and fit. Each earbud comes with three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that conform to the contours of each individual ear, providing both a comfortable fit and a superior seal — a critical factor in delivering immersive sound. To further maximize comfort, AirPods Pro use an innovative vent system to equalize pressure, minimizing the discomfort common in other in-ear designs. AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant, making them perfect for active lifestyles.

Active Noise Cancellation

Active Noise Cancellation on AirPods Pro uses two microphones combined with advanced software to continuously adapt to each individual ear and headphone fit. This removes background noise to provide a uniquely customized, superior noise-canceling experience that allows a user to focus on what they’re listening to — whether it’s a favorite song or a phone conversation.
The first microphone is outward-facing and detects external sound to analyze environmental noise. AirPods Pro then create an equivalent anti-noise that cancels out background noise before it reaches the listener’s ear. A second inward-facing microphone listens toward the ear, and AirPods Pro cancel remaining noise detected by the microphone. Noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second.

Immersive Sound

AirPods Pro deliver superior sound quality with Adaptive EQ, which automatically tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of the music to the shape of an individual’s ear — resulting in a rich, immersive listening experience. A custom high dynamic range amplifier produces pure, incredibly clear sound while also extending battery life, and powers a custom high-excursion, low-distortion speaker driver designed to optimize audio quality and remove background noise. The driver provides consistent, rich bass down to 20Hz and detailed mid- and high-frequency audio.

AirPods Pro are packed with audio innovation to deliver superior sound and an immersive noise-canceling experience.
AirPods Pro are packed with audio innovation to deliver superior sound and an immersive noise-canceling experience.

Transparency Mode

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. Using the pressure-equalizing vent system and advanced software that leaves just the right amount of noise cancellation active, Transparency mode ensures that a user’s own voice sounds natural while audio continues to play perfectly.

Switching between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes is simple and can be done directly on AirPods Pro using a new, innovative force sensor on the stem. The force sensor also makes it easy to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls. Users can also press on the volume slider in Control Center on iPhone and iPad to control settings, or on Apple Watch by tapping on the AirPlay icon while music is playing.

A quick tap on the volume slider in Control Center makes it easy to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes.
A quick tap on the volume slider in Control Center makes it easy to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes.

Performance and Battery Life

The size and performance of AirPods Pro are made possible by a revolutionary system-in-package (SiP) design with the Apple-designed H1 chip at its core. The H1 features 10 audio cores and powers everything from sound to Siri. The extremely low audio processing latency of H1 enables real-time noise cancellation, delivers high-quality sound using adaptive technology and responds to hands-free “Hey Siri” requests — all at once.

AirPods Pro feature the same great battery life as AirPods with up to five hours of listening time. In Active Noise Cancellation mode, AirPods Pro deliver up to four and a half hours of listening time and up to three and a half hours of talk time on a single charge. Through additional charges from the Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Pro deliver over 24 hours of listening time or over 18 hours of talk time.2 Charging is as simple as placing the AirPods case on a Qi-certified charging mat or using the Lightning port while on the go.

The size and performance of AirPods Pro are made possible by Apple’s innovative system-in-package (SiP) design, featuring the H1 chip that powers everything from sound to Siri.
The size and performance of AirPods Pro are made possible by Apple’s innovative system-in-package (SiP) design, featuring the H1 chip that powers everything from sound to Siri.

Additional Features

• 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.

Pricing and Availability

• AirPods Pro will be available for $249 and are available to order from apple.com and in the Apple Store app in the US and more than 25 other countries and regions. AirPods Pro will start shipping on Wednesday, October 30 and be available in stores beginning later this week (varies by country and region).

• AirPods Pro require Apple devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.

• AirPods with Charging Case are available for $159 and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are available for $199. Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for $79.

Customers can add personal engraving to AirPods Pro, AirPods with Charging Case and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for free on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

MacDailyNews Take: So much for coming in colors (you can always have them painted by aftermarket firms), but Apple will still sell boatloads of these all-new AirPods Pro wireless earbuds!

24 Comments

    1. The price is significantly than any competing wireless earbuds with noise cancellation.

      So, what is your point? That AirPods Pro are more expensive than cheap Chinese knock off crap?

      1. Yeh bullsht…there are *multiple quality bluetooth earpod types for well under $200! If you’re paying nearly $300 for a pair of quality earpods you’re a straight-up fool..

  1. Wait- I pay $250 for these and I can’t use them with may Mac running Sierra? Hello? A simple JBL bluetooth speaker works perfectly with my Mac, but these won’t? What’s going on here?

    1. Considering Sierra is 3 years old, its not overly surprising that older versions of Mac OS do not have the needed resources to function with the new AirPods.. Bluetooth Speakers are generic, AirPods, for good or bad, not not.. Upgrade to a newer Mac OS.

  2. i’m really just waiting for those glasses… Airpods are kids play for Apple…

    time to shut up the haters’ speak (“Apple no longer innovates… when Jobs passed”)

    1. You can never shut up the a–holes. They’ll find something else to complain about in terms of Apple’s lack of innovation. They wouldn’t know innovation if they fell over it. Me, I’m satisfied with improvement and I think that’s what most people are looking for.

  3. Apple is going to sell plenty of these in-ear models. They look terrific and will come in different colors. I’m willing to bet there will be a lot of knock-off products.

  4. Glad it’s only white, in keeping with Apple tradition going back to the first iPod earbuds in 2001. But I don’t usually like “in ear” headphones (the type that fit snugly with rubber tip). I’ll keep my “not pro” AirPods for now 😁

    1. I’m one of those – I assume I’m not alone – whose ears cannot use the regular earphones – they just fall out. So I need the silicone tips or other in-ear fittings. Although my iMac can only handle 10.13, most people use these with their iPhones, so I’ll take a good look at these.

  5. I have Gen 2 AirPods, but will be springing for a set of these. The price is good as they come with a wireless charging case. This does raise the question as to why one would want the Powerbeats Pro earphones now that these are available?

  6. Bought the gen 2 phones six months ago so won’t be buying a new pair for at least a year.
    Hopefully you can toggle the noise cancellation on and off. There are some situations where you need to hear what’s behind you.

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