- These guys cost $250 and the most exciting addition is that they’re noise-cancelling.
- AirPods Pro go on sale this Wednesday, Oct. 30.
- If you’re like loads of people who just don’t have ear canals shaped well for earbuds, we’ve got a Popular Mechanics guide for you on how to hack your AirPods to fit snug as a bug.
Apple has finally released the deets on its newest generation of wireless earbuds, which the Cupertino, California-based tech giant is calling the AirPods Pro, which is in-line with its new line of iPhones, also called Pro.
Apple AirPods Pro
They go on sale Wednesday, October 30, but you can preorder them now on Amazon or Apple’s website. Keep in mind that you can’t pick up these $250 earbuds in-store, but if you order today, you’re guaranteed delivery on Halloween.
You can even get them custom engraved with your name, initials or phone number (we’re assuming this is some kind of fix for all the people who lose one or both of their AirPods).
The AirPods Pro feature:
Active noise cancellation: The AirPods Pro use two microphones and proprietary software to adapt to each ear, removing background noise. The first mic is outward-facing and can detect external sounds to create an equivalent “anti-noise” that cancels out the distractions before the sounds ever hit your ears. The inward-facing mic cancels any other noise detected. Altogether, the noise cancellation feature adapts to the sounds in your surroundings 200 times per second, according to Apple.
One-tap connection: After opening the charging case near your iOS devices and giving it a tap, the AirPods Pro instantly connect to all of your Bluetooth-enabled devices on your iCloud account. That goes for Apple TV (hey, no more bugging your roommates or family while you watch television), iPods, Apple Watches and of course iPhones, Macs and iPads.
Different sizes: Each earbud comes with three different sizes of silicone ear tips to better help the AirPods Pro contour to the shape of individual ear canals. This also creates a tight seal that Apple says is vital to immersive sound.
Pressure equalizer: Apple has created a new vent system to equalize pressure in your ear, minimizing any discomfort that your typical earbuds may cause.
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Increased robustness: AirPods Pro are sweat and water-resistant, so no worries taking them to your next spinning class.
Adaptive EQ: This feature automatically tunes low- and mid-level frequencies in the music to make the sound quality better for each individual, based on their ear shape.
Ear tip fit test: this ensures users enjoy the best listening experience possible. Basically, you test the quality of the seal and determine the best size ear tip for your individual canal. Algorithms work together with the mics in each earbud to measure the sound level and help you find your best fit. It sounds like measuring your shoe size at a department store but way more tech savvy.
Audio sharing: If your friend also has a pair of AirPods, you can listen to the same song or movie together.
One of the most important adds, we believe, is Transparency Mode. It allows users to listen to music while also hearing the environment around them—ideal for, say, female runners, who are known to be harassed while exercising outside. It’s always good to be aware of your surroundings at night or while alone. It also lets you hear announcements about upcoming subway stops or if your boss is calling your name at work.
Apple’s AirPods Pro are available for pre-order today for $250. We’ll know more if they’re worth that price once we get our hands on them.