Priced at $ 249, the second-generation AirPods Pro offer better audio quality, longer battery life, and up to 2x more noise cancellation than the original AirPods Pro. They also feature scroll-based volume control, an improved integrated skin detection sensor that turns audio playback on or off more accurately, and a new XS ear tip option.
The new AirPods Pro come with an updated charging case with built-in speaker and U1 chip for support Find My with precision search, an opening to attach a lanyard for carrying convenience, and IPX4 rated water and sweat resistance . In addition to Lightning and MagSafe, the case can now be charged with an Apple Watch charger.
Below we have collected both written and video reviews of the new AirPods Pro.
The borderChris Welch said there are “substantial” improvements to active noise cancellation:
But Apple has made substantial gains with its active noise cancellation. The company says that, on average, the new implementation is “up to” twice as effective as the original AirPods Pro. And while I lack the scientific measurement tools, that statement doesn’t seem unrealistic. In our office, I recently moved the desks and now sit near an air vent that emits a persistent buzz. The original AirPods Pro leave a trace of that in noise canceling mode, but it’s completely quiet and inaudible with second-generation pair. I can still hear colleagues chatting if they walk directly next to my desk, but in most cases the AirPods Pro give me a lot of peace of mind. I’ve also observed legitimate improvements when commuting on the subway and less general road noise makes its way through Brooklyn on a day-to-day basis.
Welch also noted better sound quality overall:
Let’s analyze the sound quality. Apple has completely redesigned the amplifier and driver in the AirPods Pro, and while these drivers are the same 11mm size as third-generation AirPods, they sound superior and deliver the cleanest, most dynamic output of any AirPods to date. .
InvolveBilly Steele achieved around six hours of battery life as advertised:
During my testing, I managed six hours and fifteen minutes of use with a mix of noise cancellation, transparency mode, and calls. That’s more than the previous generation (4.5 hours) and is on par with most of the competition these days. Sure, some companies offer more than 10 hours on a charge, but the average is around five or seven for the noise-canceling products I’ve tested. A longer battery life would always be helpful, but the six or seven hours Apple collects is enough to get you through your workday if you take a short break.
GizmodoAndrew Liszewski said the new swipe-based volume control feature is a welcome upgrade, but it can be “a little picky” at times:
It’s a welcome update, but unfortunately I found it a bit picky to get it to work. Sometimes it took a couple of steps before something happened.
Since he generally hates having to touch my earbuds while wearing them (he inevitably removes them a bit) I’ll probably continue to use Siri’s voice commands to adjust the volume or skip the track (the one thing Siri does very well).
Mobile syrupPatrick O’Rourke said scroll-based volume control is his new favorite feature of the AirPods Pro, providing a more convenient listening experience:
In my experience, the new AirPods Pro volume touch controls are extremely responsive and work with minor tweaks. If, for example, you just want to turn the volume down or up a notch or two, you can do it with a short swipe. The controls are also marked with a slight clicking noise, which indicates that they are up and running. I didn’t run into accidental presses during my several days with the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), even by long pressing on the stem to toggle Active Noise Canceling or double pressing to switch between songs.
The touch volume controls on the device are by far my new favorite AirPods Pro feature. The convenience and ease of use of changing volume levels directly on AirPods Pro (2nd generation) without having to take out my iPhone , it cannot really be underestimated.
O’Rourke added that iOS 16’s Custom Spatial Audio feature isn’t very noticeable:
In theory, I like the idea that the audio is tuned specifically to the shape of the ear, but in practice it doesn’t make much difference. It’s also worth noting that while I really enjoy spatial audio when watching movies or TV shows on platforms like Apple TV +, I find it hit and miss with music, especially when a track wasn’t originally recorded with technology in mind and was remastered.
WIREDParker Hall said the charging case’s new built-in speaker “sounds loud enough” to help with Find My location detection, but would like the case to have a USB-C wired charging port instead of the usual Lightning connector. :
Need to find the case via Apple’s Find My app? Now you can, and it sounds loud enough. It also makes a little rattle when it starts charging. Speaking of which, you can wirelessly charge as usual (the case also supports MagSafe), but it’s a shame to see that Apple still relies on the Lightning port instead of USB-C.