Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Feature Advanced ANC and Personalized Spatial Audio

Imagine switching your Apple Watch Ultra into night mode while hiking in the Grand Tetons and streaming audio to a pair of Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen which now feature enhanced ANC, touch sensors, and personalized Spatial Audio.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, grinned like a gleeful school girl, as he proclaimed the new Apple AirPods Pro the “best sounding earbuds in the world” — a claim that we’re taking with a grain of salt based on the sound quality of the current AirPods Pro in comparison to the best wireless earbuds from Sony, Sennheiser, Master & Dynamic, and Beyerdynamic.

The new Apple AirPods Pro (2nd gen, 2022 model) are likely to become one of the best-selling products in the entire lineup; Apple expects to sell millions of the new Apple Watch 8 Series models and iPhone 14 over the next 6 months, which will help move the new AirPods Pro just in time for the holidays.

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Left and Right
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen, 2022 model) look exactly the same as previous model. What’s inside is different.

Comparison

2019 model 2022 model 2021 model
AirPods Pro AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) AirPods 3
MSRP $249.00 $249.00 $179.00
Active Noise Cancellation Yes Yes
Transparency mode Yes Yes
Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking Yes Yes, Personalized Yes
Sweat and water resistant IPX4 IPX4 IPX4
Chipset H1 chip H2 chip H1
Battery Life 4.5 hrs 6 hrs 6 hrs
Active Noise Cancellation Yes Yes
Transparency mode Yes Yes
Adaptive EQ Yes Yes Yes
Charging Case MagSafe Charging Case MagSafe Charging Case with speaker and lanyard loop MagSafe Charging Case
Sensors Dual optical sensors Skin-detect sensor Skin-detect sensor
Touch Control Force Sensor Touch Control Force Sensor
Volume swipe up/down Yes
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.3 Bluetooth 5.0
Silicon ear tips 3 sizes 4 sizes N/A
Accessibility Conversation Boost Conversation Boost

What’s new

H2 Chip: Apple includes a new H2 chip which elevates the listening experience and cancels up to twice as much noise over the previous generation AirPods Pro (2019 model) which uses the H1 chip

Low Distortion Driver: Featuring a low-distortion driver and custom amplifier, AirPods Pro offers richer bass and crystal-clear sound across a wider range of frequencies than previously.

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Slicen Ear Tips Sizes

Ear Fit: A new smaller size ear tip is included that may be more comfortable for many users. Ear tip sizes now come in Large, Medium, Small, and Extra-Small. 

Adaptive Transparency: This expands the capability of the previous AirPod Transparency Mode further, by tapping into the H2 chip’s on-device processing for a more comfortable listening experience. This reduces loud environmental noises (passing vehicle sirens, construction).

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen offers Personalized Spatial Audio with iPhone 14 Pro

Personalized Spatial Audio: Users can create a personal profile for Spatial Audio that delivers a listening experience precisely tuned just for them based on the shape and size of their ears and head. This is facilitated by using the TrueDepth camera on an iPhone to determine ear shape and size. 

Tip: The AirPods Pro also features dynamic head tracking. Voices, dialog, or music vocals always sound like they are coming from the correct direction regardless if you turn your head. 

Apple Device Compatibility: The 2nd Generation AirPods Pro supports instant pairing with all Apple audio playback devices. There is also a new dedicated AirPods section in iOS Settings that lets users easily access and control AirPod features.

Connectivity: The new AirPods Pro support Bluetooth 5.3. Although backward compatible with earlier Bluetooth versions, a source device must also support it. iPhone 14 models will be the first Apple products to support Bluetooth 5.3.

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Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Touch Control

Touch Control: The Touch control on AirPods Pro adds additional convenience. An up or down swipe on the stem enables easy volume adjustments. Press the stem to change the music, answer phone calls, and more, or use Siri to perform adjustments hands-free. An improved, built-in skin-detect sensor more accurately ends or starts playback, contributing to better battery life.

Extended Battery Life: The 2nd Generation AirPods Pro offers 1.5 hours of additional listening time over the first generation, for a total of up to six hours with Active Noise Cancellation.

Using the case for four additional charges, users can enjoy up to 30 hours of total listening time with Active Noise Cancellation — a full six hours more than the previous generation.

For more flexibility when traveling, customers can now charge AirPods Pro with an Apple Watch charger, in addition to a MagSafe Charger, Qi-certified charging mat, or a Lightning cable

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Charging case

Charging Case: AirPods Pro comes with a newly designed charging case that is sweat- and water-resistant, and includes a convenient lanyard loop. 

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Charging Case with Lanyard Loop

Precision Finding: Users with a U1-enabled iPhone can locate their charging case with guided directions. The charging case also has a built-in speaker to deliver louder tones, so it’s easier to locate.

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen with optional Memoji Engraving

Tip: Users can personalize the charging case with individual Memoji, including custom-posed Memoji, Animoji, and a curated list of stickers. To begin engraving, create and upload a Memoji in the Apple Store app.

Availability and Pricing 

The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) is priced at $249 and will be available for pre-order online and in the Apple Store app starting Friday, September 9, with store availability beginning Friday, September 23, 2022.

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Back

Stacee R. Grigg

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