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Should You Buy Apple AirPods Pro? Here's Everything to Know About Them

AirPods Pro
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AirPods Pro

Apple introduced its brand new AirPods Pro product yesterday (Oct. 28), and the unique shape, alongside its updated features from the first model, has consumers constantly talking.

It’s hard to cancel out the chatter about the new AirPods, but its most popular specs include Active Noise Cancellation for immersed sound, three sizes of silicone tips for a customizable fit and Transparency mode to tap back into the surrounding sound, according to Apple’s latest commercial.

Users can toggle between Active Noise Cancellation mode and Transparency mode by just pressing the sensor on the stem of the AirPods, which will trigger the two microphones included in the product’s interior -- an outward-facing mic and an inward-facing mic.

A wider wireless charging case conceals the two AirPods, which are currently marketed at $250 a pop. That’s a little bit over a 56% increase from the first model’s price of $160 (with a non-wireless case).

The new wireless charging system provides over 24 hours of battery life and is compatible with Qi-certified chargers (not included with AirPods Pro), which standardizes wireless energy transmission for charging devices. On only five minutes of charging, AirPods Pro can provide users with around one hour of listening time.

Another less-advertised perk of the new AirPods is that users can share songs, podcasts and other audio streams between each other using the Audio Sharing feature, according to the Apple Overview page. And Siri joins the sonic magic by reading out messages to users through their AirPods, according to the product page. This only works with iPhone 8 or later and iPod touch (7th generation) with the latest iOS software version, and with iPad (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation) and iPad Pro (2nd generation or later) with the latest iPadOS software version.

Aside from the interior features, the Overview page details how AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant for non-water sports and exercise and can help users with disabilities get the most out of the Live Listen audio feature under Accessibility (with the latest iOS or iPadOS software version). This function is also available with the former AirPods model, but the newest make will improve functionality for users to “hear a conversation in a noisy area or even hear someone speaking across the room,” according to the Apple Support page.  

Apple AirPods Pro will be available for purchase starting tomorrow, Oct. 30.