A must buy, even if you have the older Pros

AirPods Pro (2nd Generation).

Sophia Pitt

I did the test Apple’s New $249 AirPods Pro (second generation) for a few weeks. They are available to order now and will hit stores on Friday. Of all things Apple released it earlier this monthThese really excite me.

I love my old Pros, but the upgraded headphones have features I didn’t know I wanted.

Here’s Why You Should Buy AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

Transparency mode is really transparent

When you use your AirPods Pro and you’re not in noise canceling mode, you’re in what Apple calls Transparency mode. When you squeeze and hold the stems of your AirPods, you can hear the volume being sealed or filtered as you switch between noise canceling mode and transparency mode.

Noise cancellation and transparency settings for AirPods Pro (2nd generation).

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The cool thing about the new AirPods Pro is that when you’re in transparency mode, you can hear what’s going on around you. The older version blocked some sounds even if you weren’t in transparency mode. Wearing my old bros often, I have to take one out in the middle of a conversation. Now I can hear everything clearly as long as transparency mode is turned on.

This improvement is made possible by Apple’s new H2 chip. Thanks to the H2, there’s also a feature called Adaptive Transparency Mode, which automatically blocks out loud noises like sirens or motorcycles. This feature can be enabled or disabled. I like to use it to protect my ears from very loud decibels when I’m walking around in a busy city.

Noise cancellation is even better

The H2 chip has made active noise cancellation even better. Apple claims the new generation of AirPods Pro doubles as noise cancellation, and I could hear the difference.

I was able to completely tune out the loud humming of the engine and air conditioner while watching, which is usually a very loud ambient noise in flight. Netflix. When the person sitting next to me tried to make small talk, I couldn’t hear and pointed to my headphones. Bu.

There’s a new feature that shows how much noise is being canceled. When you use your AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with Apple Watch, you can reduce the noise level in real time.

When using AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with the Apple Watch, you can see real-time noise reduction.

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Volume control directly on AirPods

The touch control on the new Pros lets you turn volume down or up by lightly swiping up or down on the AirPods’ stem.

At first I was afraid that it would be like this Very sensitive, but after a few weeks of use, I’m happy to report that I’ve never accidentally activated this feature. I often fall asleep with my AirPods on, so the volume controls aren’t activated when I toss them.

The charging case works with the Apple Watch charger

The new AirPods come with a new MagSafe charging case. You can use your Apple Watch charger for the new Pros, which is very convenient.

You can now charge AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with your Apple Watch charger.

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Apart from easy charging, battery life is better on the new AirPods. Overall, Apple claims battery life has improved by 33%. With active noise cancellation, you now get up to 30 hours of listening time. That’s six hours more than the previous generation.

The speaker in the case is great for lost AirPods

If you’ve read my previous reviews, you’ve probably noticed a common theme: I miss a lot of things. The new AirPods Pro have a built-in speaker that plays sound, so you can find your lost AirPods.

The new AirPods case comes with a new U1 chip, so you can use the Find My app to find exactly where you last left your AirPods.

There’s a lanyard loop on the side of the case that lets you attach your AirPods to your wrist or handbag. I have yet to try a lanyard as it is sold separately by a third party, but I can see how it would help me keep up with them.

Audio quality is excellent

The new AirPods Pro have better audio for a few reasons. First off, there’s a new extra-small ear tip, so I hope those who find their AirPods fall out of their ears or don’t get a good seal will see this as a solution.

There’s also a new feature called Personalized Spatial Audio. By using your phone’s front-facing camera, your iPhone remembers your ear size and helps ensure the sounds you hear are tailored to your individual ear size.

In the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) settings, you can see and hear how Spatial Audio works.

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Apple Music has songs designed for spatial audio, and you can really hear the difference. While your AirPods are in Settings, you can turn on the sound by going to the tab under Spatial Audio and saying See & Hear to see how it works. When Spatial Audio is activated, you can see how much better the sound quality is.

You can test the spatial audio feature in your AirPods Pro (2nd generation) settings.

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Switch seamlessly between Bluetooth devices

One complaint I hear a lot about AirPods is that previous generations claim to seamlessly and intelligently switch between whatever device you’re using, but this feature doesn’t quite work. I think this may have been fixed with the new pros.

I was cooking in my kitchen and watching the iPad with my AirPods. When I got the call, I was able to switch to the call, and then when the call ended, I went back to watching my show. When I finished watching my show, I asked Siri to play the podcast I wanted to listen to on my iPhone, and my iPad was able to stop listening and pick up where the podcast last left off.

I really appreciated this seamless transition. The hassle of connecting to Bluetooth and switching between devices can be maddening, especially when you’re working remotely. Being able to move around different devices without having to do a tedious Bluetooth reset was a luxury that I didn’t miss.

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