By Matthew Wong
Protruding out of nearly everyone’s ears, Apple’s Airpods have taken the world by storm. Now the tech company has released the next generation of the highly successful Airpods, the Airpods Pro. The feature that sets the Airpods Pro apart from its competition is not its sound quality nor its ability to remove external noise, but its user friendliness, which is first-rate compared to other wireless earbuds. In addition to making the case pocketable, Apple created the Airpod Pro to seamlessly connect to your phone. Apple has taken the old Airpods, which required improvement, and created an improved successor.
The changes to the Airpods Pro are most definitely apparent on the outside and in the hardware. The first difference is that the new case is shorter and wider compared to the old case. It is just as easy to slip into your pocket and even includes wireless charging, a feature that few wireless earbuds have. Another change in the Airpods Pro is the remodeling of the ear tips. In the previous generation, many customers expressed having difficulties keeping the Airpods locked into their ears. The Airpods Pro fixes this issue, as they now have silicone tips to fit into your ears. This feature creates a seal in your ear canal, which helps improve sound quality and firmly anchor the Airpods Pro in the ear. The stems have also been shortened for better balanced listening. Apple’s new external configuration of the Airpods gives it a refined look, but where they really stand out are the internal features.
Apple has integrated active noise cancellation and a transparency mode into the Airpods Pro, which allows you to change how much background noise you hear in any given situation.
This is useful in bustling cities, where hearing the outside noise is imperative, and in coffee shops, where hearing outside noise is distracting. Moreover, there is a new pressure sensitive system on the Airpods Pro, which enables the listener to pause, skip, or change listening modes. They are also now partially water resistant. Another aspect of the Airpods Pro is their comfortability. With the last generation, users would have to constantly adjust them. Now, the Airpods Pro are much lighter and stay firmly in place.
Even so, the Airpods Pro might not be the best value in wireless earbuds on the market, and they still need improvements. The noise cancellation must learn to adapt to higher frequency noises. In addition, the $250 price tag is steep and might not be for everyone.
Airpods Pro are a perfect example of what Apple does best. They take their current generation product and improve it, even if it may not out-perform other companies’ wireless earbuds. The Airpods Pro are the epitome of convenience, which is the main selling point to all customers.
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