Apple has announced the second generation of its popular AirPods Pro at its “All Out” event held online on September 9. The updated AirPods feature a new H2 chip that promises better sound quality and twice the noise cancellation as compared to the original AirPods Pro.
The updated AirPods also come with an extra-small ear tip, promising better support for smaller ears, in addition, to support for Spatial Audio. Apple has also demonstrated a feature that allows your iPhone’s TrueDepth camera to map your ears and give you a personalised audio experience.
The new case also has a speaker to help locate the earbuds, in addition, to Find My support. In addition to supporting wireless, Qi and MagSafe charging, the new case can also be charged by Apple Watch chargers. Speaking of battery life, Apple also claims better battery life — 1.5 hours more than 1st-gen — on the second generation, up to six hours with noise cancellation.
The second generation AirPods Pro will be available starting September 19 and starts at $249.
Apple’s first AirPods were announced in a lacklustre manner back in 2019 but went on to become some of the company’s most popular products thanks to their seamless integration with the Apple ecosystem. That said, AirPods have already been overtaken both in terms of sound quality and noise cancellation by the likes of Sony, Samsung and Google with its latest Pixel Buds Pro. Their transparency mode, however, still tops the industry.
“AirPods revolutionized the wireless headphone category with an innovative design and incredible sound quality. With the new AirPods Pro, Apple raises the bar once again,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The new AirPods Pro deliver even better sound quality, a more immersive listening experience with Personalized Spatial Audio, and transformative audio features like Adaptive Transparency. With up to double the noise-cancelling power of their predecessor, the world’s bestselling wireless headphones just got even better.”