Apple today has introduced a new version of its AirPods wireless earbuds, which the company is calling the AirPods Pro. Designed to be an even more premium version of Apple's earbuds, the AirPods Pro features a revamped design that is equipped with a custom high dynamic range amplifier, as well as adding support for active noise cancellation. And with a price tag of $249, Apple's high-end earbuds will carry a price premium to match its new premium features.

Apple’s AirPods Pro is based on the company’s H1 system-in-package, the same SiP that is used for the 2nd Generation AirPods introduced earlier this year. The new earbuds feature a new design with soft silicone ear tips (the company will ship AirPods Pro with three different tips) as well as new vent system that promises to minimize the discomfort of using the in-ear headphones. The earbuds come with a new custom high dynamic range amplifier, which is used to power a low-distortion speaker that can provide bass down to 20 Hz. Meanwhile, according to Apple the H1 SiP as well as the Adaptive EQ technology automatically tunes low- and mid-frequencies of the audio according to the shape of an individual’s ear.

The sweat and water resistant AirPods Pro comes with outward-facing and inward-facing microphones. These are able to detect external sounds, allowing the headset to support active noise cancellation. According to Apple, the AirPods sample the environment at 200Hz, allowing them to quickly respond to changes in outside noise. Meanwhile the new AirPods also add a new feature that Apple is calling transparency mode, which that allows the user to hear the environment around them while using the earbuds, essentially offering an option to reduce/eliminate the noise-blocking properties of the earbuds.

Meanwhile, the new AirPods also support an Ear Tip Fit Test, which can detect whether the headset has a good fit. And of course, the earbuds also fully support the usual AirPods features, including hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ functionality and everything that is derived from that.

Apple's AirPods Pro can work for up to 4.5 hours on one charge with ANC or Transparency mode activated, or for up to 5 hours without them. Talk time of the new headset is 3.5 hours.

The new AirPods Pro are compatible with a variety of Apple’s devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.

Apple’s AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case will be available starting Wednesday, October 30 in the US and 25 other countries. In the US, the product will cost $249.

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  • austinsguitar - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    I can't image these staying in very well. Might have to buy after-market nubs to keep them from falling out when exercising. They also put that as a feature on their promotional video, so yes they think they will stay in. but i dont see it.
  • PixyMisa - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

  • wr3zzz - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    They don't. New York city subway authority MTA had to put out an advisory because so many are dropping into the tracks.
  • wr3zzz - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    The advisory is that neither MTA employees would, nor passengers should go try to retrieve those dropped Airpods.
  • cycomiko - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    If they are not released until Wednesday, October 30, I suspect the MTA isn't putting out an advisory around these headphones specifically.
  • wr3zzz - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - link

    MTA's advisory is for TWS but Airpods was out first and has the biggest share so it's easier to say than explaining TWS, like ipod was in reference to mp3 players in general.
  • name99 - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    You can imagine for the rest of your life.
    Or you can go to an Apple store and just try the damn things out...

    In your imagination, are ~100 million mostly satisfied customers all deluding themselves?
  • scholztec - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    Imagining is less expensive
  • scholztec - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link
  • name99 - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - link

    You don't have to buy them to try them out...

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