Apple’s New AirPods Include Noise-cancelling Technology and a Customizable Fit
These popular earbuds just got a huge makeover.
Finding the right pair of headphones or earbuds for traveling and everyday use is no easy task. Now Apple is providing us with yet another option with its new AirPods Pro. These high-tech earbuds join the AirPods family, which has been around since 2016 with the launch of the first generation AirPods.
To buy: amazon.com, $249
New features of the AirPods Pro include active noise cancellation with transparency mode, sweat and water resistance, and a customizable fit.
If you're looking to use your AirPods to block out the world around you, like many of us do while we're traveling, you can use Active Noise Cancellation. In this mode, microphones detect noise from outside and inside the ear, then the AirPods provide anti-noise to counter it. But you can also hold a sensor to switch to transparency mode, which allows you to let outside sound in (so you can listen to your music in the airport but not miss the boarding call for your flight).
Apple is also addressing a common complaint with the AirPods Pro — the fit. The earbuds now come with three sizes of silicone tips, so you can find the right fit for your ear. Plus, the new sweat- and water-resistant technology allows you to keep using your AirPods wherever you go.
More updates enable users to charge their AirPods Pro and case wirelessly, share a song between two sets of AirPods, and have Siri announce messages.
This new iteration of Apple's take on wireless earbuds retails for $249, joining the classic AirPods with Charging Case for $144 and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $165. The AirPods Pro offer 4.5 hours of listening time on one charge, though, while the previous model offers five hours.