Apple on Monday announced AirPods Pro, the latest version of the company’s wireless headphones. The AirPods will have a new design and other features that set them apart.
AirPods Pro has a new design that is more in-ear than the previous models. They will come with three sizes of silicone ear tips, allowing users to choose which one fits their ears the best.
Apple also said the new AirPods feature an “innovative vent system to equalize pressure,” which will offer more comfort.
Active noise cancellation has made its way to the AirPods Pro using two microphones. Here is how Apple describes the system:
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.
There is also a Transparency mode in the new AirPods that allows you to still hear the environment around them. This is a great feature if you are in a situation where you want to hear traffic or other important alerts.
Battery life on AirPods Pro is the same five hours as the previous generation AirPods. If you enable noise cancelation, the AirPods will last for four and a half hours.
AirPods Pro cost $249 and will start shipping on October 30.