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Apple announces AirPods Pro: New design, higher price

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Apple unveiled its new AirPods Pro wireless earbuds earlier today. The buds feature a new design and active noise cancellation. However, the $249 price tag is significantly higher ($90) than the current AirPods'. AirPods Pro will be available for purchase starting October 30th.
Sam Medley,

After the swirl of rumors yesterday, Apple officially announced AirPods Pro earlier today. The new wireless earbuds feature a revamped design, noise-canceling, and a significantly higher price tag.

Announced in a press release this morning, AirPods Pro have an “Adaptive EQ” feature that Apple says will “[take] the magic even further.” The buds have flexible ear tips that should help them fit better in the users’ ears. The tips are made of soft silicone and will come in three sizes. Those tips will also help with the flagship feature of AirPods Pro: active noise cancellation.

AirPods Pro use a dual microphone array and “advanced software” to remove background noise and improve the listening experience. One microphone faces outward to detect and analyze ambient noise. The second microphone faces the wearer’s ears to cancel out any remaining noise. According to Apple, AirPods Pro “adapts the sound signal 200 times per second.”

AirPods Pro also have a Transparency mode that allows the wearer to hear environmental noise while listening to music. The buds allow noises to pass through their shell and into the wearer’s ears so they don’t miss important announcements, traffic, or other sounds.

Apple claims AirPods Pro will provide up to five hours of listening time in their standard mode and four and a half hours in their Active Noise Cancellation mode. The buds will ship with a wireless charging case that allows for a total of 24 hours of listening time and 18 hours of talk time.

AirPods Pro will be available in one color (White) for US $249 starting October 30th. Compared to the AirPods' $159 price tag, that's a significant premium to pay for a new design and noise cancellation.


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Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1171 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2019-10-29 (Update: 2019-10-29)