Seven months after launching the second-generation AirPods in India at a starting price of Rs 14,900, Apple is back with a new pair. This one, however, is a more sophisticated set of wireless earbuds called AirPods Pro. Apple quietly launched the AirPods Pro in Cupertino, California yesterday for $249. In India though, the new pair costs Rs 24,900. Designed for a tighter fit than the original AirPods and equipped with active noise cancellation, the AirPods Pro come with new features and are currently available only in white.
Unlike the original AirPods, which don’t sport earbuds, the AirPods Pro sit deep inside the ears the way typical in-ear pairs do. According to the press release sent by Apple, the AirPods Pro come with soft, flexible silicone ear tips in three different sizes. Apple says the AirPods Pro are IPX4-rated for sweat- and water-resistance. Apple also says the new pair uses an innovative vent system to equalise pressure within the ears, thereby minimising any discomfort while wearing the earbuds.
Powered by the same 10-core Apple H1 chip that does duty on the AirPods 2 (for both sound and Siri), the AirPods Pro come with a couple of new features, including active noise cancellation. Adaptive EQ, Apple says, automatically tunes the low and mid frequencies of the sound to the shape of the wearer’s ears. Transparency mode employs the inbuilt vent system and a new force sensor on the stem of each earbud to disable the active noise cancellation feature temporarily, allowing the user to listen to their surroundings or the sound of their own voice during a call.
According to Apple, the force sensor on the stem of the earbuds can be used also to play, pause, and skip music tracks. The AirPods Pro come with the same five-hour battery life for music playback as the original AirPods. With active noise cancellation enabled, this figure drops to four and a half hours for music playback and three and a half hours for calls. Using the optional wireless charging case, says Apple, the total battery life of the AirPods Pro can be extended to 24 hours for music playback and 18 hours for calls. Users will have to update to iOS 13.2/iPadOS 13.2 on their iPhone/iPad to use the new AirPods Pro.