Ahead of the holiday season, Apple has announced new AirPods Pro. Featuring active noise cancellation in an in-ear design, the new buds are designed to immersive sound. These new earbuds are sweat- and water-resistant. Priced at Rs 24,900, AirPods Pro will be available in India soon.
The headphones are lightweight and are engineered for comfort and fit. Each earbud will be accompanied with three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that conform to contours of each ear, aimed to provide a comfortable fit and a superior seal, which is a critical factor in delivering immersive sound. It also uses an innovative vent system to equalise pressure, minimising the discomfort common with in-ear designs.
Active noise cancellation is common in over-the-ear headphones. To implement that in the in-ear buds, it uses two microphones combined with advanced software to continuously adapt to each ear and headphone fit. Apple says this removes background noise to provide a uniquely customised, superior noise-cancelling experience that allows a user to focus on what they're listening to - including music as well as a phone conversation. The first microphone is outward-facing and detects external sound to analyse environmental noise. AirPods Pro creates an equivalent anti-noise that cancels out background noise before it reaches the listener's ear. A second inward-facing microphone listens toward the ear, and AirPods Pro cancels remaining noise detected by the microphone. Noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second. As noise cancellation cuts out environment noise, AirPods Pro also features a new Transparency mode that provides with the option to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment. This has been implemented using the pressure-equalizing vent system and advanced software. Switching between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes is simple and can be done directly on AirPods Pro using a new, innovative force sensor on the stem. The force sensor is also used to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls. Users can also press on the volume slider in Control Center on iPhone and iPad to control settings, or on Apple Watch by tapping on the AirPlay icon while music is playing.
Apple claims that the new AirPods Pro offers a battery life of five hours of listening time. In Active Noise Cancellation mode, AirPods Pro delivers up to four and a half hours of listening time and up to three and a half hours of talk time on a single charge. And the wireless charging case juices up the AirPods Pro for over 24 hours of listening time or over 18 hours of talk time.
"AirPods are the best-selling headphones in the world. The one-tap setup experience, incredible sound and iconic design have made them a beloved Apple product, and with AirPods Pro, we're taking the magic even further," says Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The new in-ear AirPods Pro sound amazing with Adaptive EQ, fit comfortably with flexible ear tips and have innovative Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. We think customers are going to love this new addition to the AirPods family."
The AirPods Pro joins the existing AirPod family that was updated earlier this year. The new AirPods Pro is the top-of-the-line offering priced at Rs 24,900 and will join the existing lineup that includes AirPods with charging case priced at Rs 14,900, AirPods with Wireless Charing case priced at Rs 18,900. Those planning to buy the standalone wireless charging case, the same is retailing for Rs 7,500.