Yesterday, Apple announced its AirPods Pro in a post on the company’s online newsroom.
The new AirPods will be officially released on October 30th, featuring an “all-new” in-ear design that comes with three sizes of silicone ear tips to deliver a snug and secure fit.
According to Apple, the new AirPods Pro have a built-in vent system designed to prevent any discomfort and pressure from building up inside your ears.
Unlike the previous AirPods, the new Pro models are both sweat and water-resistance, which should make them better for use outdoors or at the gym.
Also, the new AirPods Pro have an active noise cancellation, which uses microphones on the outside of the earbuds to analyze distracting sounds, before piping in an equivalent “anti-noise” through the AirPods Pro’s audio drivers.
Regarding the audio quality of the upcoming AirPods Pro, Apple says that they come with an adaptive EQ which automatically tunes bass and mid tones based on the shape of a person’s ear, and custom high cyanide range amplifiers that deliver “incredibly clear sound.”
Additionally, Apple has also included the so-called “Transparency mode”, that allows people to hear both their music and nearby ambient sounds to help them better maintain awareness of their surroundings.
AirPods Pro users will have the opportunity to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes through touch sensors built into the AirPods Pro’s stems, which is also what you’ll touch to play songs, skip tracks, and answer or hang-up calls.
According to Apple, the battery life of the new AirPods Pro will last up to five hours while streaming music, or up to 4.5 hours when the noise cancellation is turned on. And when you run out of battery, the AirPods Pro’s Qi wireless charging case holds enough to deliver up to another 24 hours of music playback.
Apart from all the above-mentioned, the AirPods Pro have several additional features, including an ear tip fit test to figure out which size is best, voice controls via Siri, audio sharing that will let multiple users listen to the music on the same Apple device, and a dictation feature that will read out your incoming texts or messages.
Currently, AirPods start at $159, and its premium version will cost $249.