Hands on: Apple’s new AirPods Pro 2 are exactly what we expected

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Everything Apple announced: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8 and more iPhone 14 and 14 Plus starting at $799 with camera update Apple’s new AirPods Pro 2 have better noise cancellation iPhone 14 Pro, Pro Max get a new notch with Dynamic Islands feature Apple Watch Series 8 is here. 

With Apple’s new H2 chip and drivers, the new AirPods Pro perform really well overall. The long-rumored AirPods Pro (2nd generation) have officially been released. Apple unveiled its latest true wireless noise-cancelling headphones as part of the iPhone 14 Far Out event. It will be available for pre-order on Friday and will ship from September 23rd for $249 (£249, AU$399). Apple Event: Full Coverage

Highlights

  • As for spatial audio, Apple says the AirPods Pro will feature personalized spatial audio to create a more personalized listening experience for your ears. Transparency mode has also been improved to adapt to any ambient sounds you encounter. There are new personalized spatial audio features and touch swipe controls on the stem for added pinch control. While some may be disappointed that Apple didn’t improve the design of the AirPods Pro 2 (there are some improvements in the microphone configuration, and a few other smaller improvements, including vents), AirPods Pro are generally second generation. Expect AirPods Pro to offer better sound, better noise cancellation, longer battery life, and a wireless charging case with some advanced features.

  • The new AirPods Pro follow the original noise-cancelling model that debuted in October 2019. They’re powered by Apple’s new H2 chip, which Apple says offers more processing power while also being more energy efficient. A new chip paired with a new low-distortion driver improves the sound for greater clarity and depth. Noise cancellation has also improved – Apple says the new AirPods have “twice as much” noise cancellation as the original his AirPods Pro. Some people hoped the new AirPods Pro could stream Apple Lossless tracks wirelessly. Apple hasn’t said anything about this, but some features may be revealed at a later date. For example, in the original AirPods Pro, Apple didn’t introduce spatial audio until months after its release.

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