The second generation of AirPods Pro will begin hitting customers on Friday, September 23. For customers who are still using first generation AirPods Pro or older AirPods models, there are many new features and changes you can look forward to using.
We’ve identified six important new features, changes, and improvements that the second generation of AirPods Pro brings over older models. Read on to find out more.
Best Active Noise Cancellation
Building on a feature introduced in the first-generation AirPods Pro, the new AirPods Pro now feature up to twice as much active noise cancellation. The improvement will mean there will be less ambient noise making its way into the user’s ears when using active noise cancellation, thanks to improved noise-cancelling microphones, a new driver, and improved algorithms.
Improved sound quality with richer bass
The new AirPods Pro features a custom-designed driver and speaker that works with the H2 chip to deliver low distortion, deeper bass, and crisp, clear highs for music, videos, and more. The H2 chip also powers a new algorithm that processes audio in real time more quickly, tuning it to your ears for high-fidelity sound.
Adaptive Transparency Mode
Besides active noise cancellation, AirPods Pro features Transparency Mode, which uses outward-facing microphones to allow you to hear the world around you. The second-generation AirPods Pro takes this even further with Adaptive Transparency Mode, which uses onboard microphones to reduce loud noises, such as sirens and power tools, while still allowing you to hear other sounds. The latest AirPods Pro can reduce noise at a rate of 48,000 times per second, according to Apple.
Better in-ear detection
The first generation of AirPods Pro features infrared optical sensors to detect when a user puts them in their ears. Like the third generation AirPods, the new AirPods Pro feature skin-detection sensors to detect inside the ear. The new sensors will improve reliability when communicating with nearby devices.
Longer battery life
The second-generation AirPods Pro get up to six hours of listening time with active noise cancellation enabled, which is two and a half hours longer than the original AirPods Pro. With the new MagSafe charging case, new AirPods can get up to 30 hours of listening with active noise cancellation, six hours more than before.
Case with Speaker, Find My, Lanyard Loop
The new AirPods Pro come with a redesigned MagSafe charging case that now has a built-in Find My speaker, precision tracking support, and a place on the side to attach a lanyard for easy portability. Customers can now charge the MagSafe Charging Case using an Apple Watch charger.