Surprise! Apple Announces New AirPods Pro with Active Noise Cancellation

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Today, in a surprise announcement, Apple unveiled the next iteration of its best-selling AirPods series: the AirPods Pro. Sporting a fresh redesign, Active Noise Cancellation, and plenty of audio-friendly features, the latest AirPods appear more than worthy of the new “Pro” moniker.

Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case
Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case

Previous generations of AirPods were celebrated for their comfort and fit. The AirPods Pro builds upon that reputation with a brand-new design that features a lightweight, unobtrusive body with interchangeable eartips. The eartips come in three different sizes that are designed to match the contours of your ear.This design allows the tips to create a better seal, which not only improves comfort and security, but also enhances the listening experience by improving the immersive quality of your music.

In addition to the eartips, Apple also equipped the AirPods Pro with a new vent system that’s meant to equalize the pressure. This should reduce any discomfort you might experience from wearing the AirPods for an extended period of time. Like its predecessors, the new AirPods Pro are also sweat- and water-resistant, meaning they’re great for runners, gym-goers, or anyone who leads an active lifestyle (or is frequently caught in the rain).

Arguably, the biggest news about the AirPods Pro is that they come with Active Noise Cancellation. Not a feature you regularly find in true wireless earbuds, Active Noise Cancellation clearly marks the AirPods Pro as a premium listening device. According to Apple, the AirPods Pro use a combination of dual mics and software to remove background noise, allowing you to focus on your music (or phone call) and tune out the rest—a great feature for those of us with a noisy commute. In case you don’t want to tune everything out completely, Apple developed a new Transparency Mode that lets users hear their music and surrounding environment simultaneously. This will be handy for those times when you need to be extra aware of your environment, but still want to rock out—running near traffic, for example.

Like previous generations, the AirPods Pro boast both great performance and battery life. Thanks to their low-latency H1 chip, the AirPods Pro deliver high-quality sound, real-time noise cancellation, and they fully support “Hey Siri” functionality. But regardless of all the new features and highlights, the AirPods Pro retain the same solid battery performance as their predecessor—up to 5 hours of uninterrupted listening time and more than 24 hours with the Wireless Charging Case.

With an all-new design and Active Noise Cancellation, the AirPods Pro appear to take everything great about its predecessors and better it. We’re excited to try them out and see how they fare in the real world—are you? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

Apple AirPods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro

The new AirPods Pro are available for pre-order now at B&H.

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