Everything you need to know about the Apple AirPods Pro
Find out when and where you can shop the new noise-cancelling buds here in Australia.
Apple's AirPods are some of the most coveted headphones on the market thanks to their minimalistic design and wireless nature. Despite their huge success, they have lagged behind other models on the market by skimping on popular features like noise cancellation technology. That's all about to change though, with Apple now announcing a new pair of in-ears titled AirPods Pro.
The AirPods Pro will finally see the addition of Active Noise Cancellation technology to the buds, which will work to suppress environmental noise and give the user a better listening experience. Similar to many other headphones, the ANC can also be changed to a Transparency Mode which will allow the wearer to simultaneously hear both their audio and their surrounds to make tasks like crossing the road or listening out for announcements safer and easier.
Switching between modes is a simple matter of using the touch sensors located in the stems of the buds. The sensors also let you play, pause and skip tracks as well as answer phone calls, similar to previous models. If you were hoping to also adjust the volume on them though, you'll be disappointed to know that you'll still need an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch in order to complete that function.
Despite the technological advancements, perhaps the most appealing upgrade for users is actually the new design. For the first time ever, the AirPods will arrive with a choice of three different sized ear-tips, which will be music to the ears of those who could never quite get the previous iterations to fit comfortably. The flexible, silicone ear tips fit into the contours of each ear, effectively working to both fit the individual and create a seal that will provide a more immersive sound experience.
If you're unsure of your fit, there is also an Ear Tip Fit Test that will use advanced algorithms to compare the sound level in each ear to the speaker driver. It will then determine which ear tip is the right size for you and let you know if it should be adjusted to create a better seal.
Similar to the previous models, the AirPods Pro will feature up to five hours of listening time and an Audio Sharing ability that allows you to listen to the same media as someone else, so long as that person also has AirPods. They will also be fitted with Apple's H1 chip which enables hands-free access to Siri with the simple voice command, "Hey Siri".
The Pro buds come with the wireless charging case included, which makes syncing to your device an easy experience. All you have to do is open the charging case near an iOS or iPadOS device, give it a tap and the pods will instantly pair to all devices currently signed in to your iCloud account.
The AirPods Pro are available now for pre-order from the Apple online store for $399, making them $150 more than the originals. The new buds will start to ship from 30 October and will also start to drop into stores beginning later this week.
If you are thinking about buying a pair, you might want to consider holding off until next month. Black Friday sales begin on 29 November and with them come a slew of great tech deals, meaning that you might just be able to nab yourself a pair for less.