Apple has unveiled the AirPods Pro, a new model of its proprietary fully wireless earbuds. It has not become a replacement for regular AirPods: both earbuds are available commercially. Today we will figure out which ones are right for you.
What do the Apple AirPods and AirPod Pro models have in common?
All AirPod models connect to your iPhone or Apple Watch with one touch, making the setup very easy. Once connected, you just need to select the AirPods on the device you are using and you are ready to go. There are sensors that automatically monitor sound quality, play sound as soon as AirPods are in your ears, and activate microphones for phone calls. You can also wear one or both AirPods at any time.
AirPods 2 let you double-tap to play music or skip ahead, and they all share the same design. AirPods Pro, meanwhile, has a slightly different design, but they also have on-device controls like other models – they’re just more advanced. All AirPods are available in white only.
AirPods vs AirPods Pro: which headphones to choose?
There are the following parameters according to which two models can be differentiated:
- Noise suppression. AirPods Pro has two main differences compared to the classic model: in-ear design and Active Noise Cancellation mode, which will help block out ambient sounds – it will help you concentrate on work or relax during breaks.
- AirPods Pro retains the balanced sound of AirPods, making them a versatile tool for listening to songs of all genres. The new headphone model also received a special adaptive equalizer that adjusts the sound quality to the characteristics of the ears.
- Dimensions and weight. AirPods Pro has become a little heavier, both separately from the case and with it. Nevertheless, the headphones are still as compact and comfortable to use as possible. By the way, their case, as before, fits into a small pocket of classic jeans – for this Apple headphones are very much loved.
- You can control AirPods by double-tapping on the headphones – you can bind different capabilities to this action, which you can change through the “Settings” iPhone. AirPods Pro, due to the in-channel design, is controlled by squeezing the legs.
- Like AirPods, AirPods Pro lasts up to 5 hours at 50% volume and with noise canceling turned off. If you turn it on, their autonomy will drop to 4.5 hours. But if you recharge any Apple-branded headphones in a case, you will get 24 hours without an outlet.
- Dimensions of cases. AirPods and AirPods Pro have different charging cases. The classic fully wireless Apple headphones have a vertical orientation. The new model has changed it to a slightly more horizontal weight: the difference is just over a tenth – 5.6 g. The AirPods Pro case also fits into it – the only thing, it does not fit vertically, but horizontally.
- Bluetooth codecs. Since both are Apple products, they support high-quality streaming using the AAC codec and have an integrated H1 chip. The latter provides voice access to the Siri assistant, easy automatic connection and use with iOS devices, low power consumption.
In the new Airpods Pro, you can choose between three listening modes:
- Noise-canceling is on;
- Turned off;
- Transparency mode.
If you’ve read this far, you already know that AirPods Pro is far superior to AirPods. If you have an iPhone and are looking for truly wireless earbuds, the AirPods Pro is worth the savings. However, there are plenty of AirPods alternatives worth checking out, including the Beats Powerbeats Pro.