Apple just announced its second-generation AirPods Pro. There’s no major redesign overhaul here: these look a lot like their predecessors, with the most substantial upgrades inside and with new software features. The new AirPods Pro still have Apple’s signature stem and are (again) only available in white. At least there is now an extra small size earplugs in the box.
The new Pros include Apple’s H2 chip, which promises the company improved noise cancellation over the original AirPods Pro — twice as much as before. They come with a redesigned case, which is also very similar to what came before, but with a few nifty additions.
There’s a speaker on the bottom to make it easier to find the case with Apple’s Find My app, and the company has also included a loop that lets you hang the case from a cord.
Some rumors in recent months indicated that Apple may support higher-resolution audio on the AirPods Pro, but that didn’t materialize with today’s announcement. Still, Apple says the second-generation AirPods Pro should outperform the original pair in sound quality, even if they still play AAC over Bluetooth. The company claims they will deliver richer bass and more dynamic audio across the entire frequency range.
The new AirPods Pro will be available to order on September 9 for $249.99 and will be released on September 23. They’ll be taking on better competition than ever before, including Google’s Pixel Buds Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro and Sony’s WH-1000XM4, among countless others.
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