Apple announced the new AirPods Pro 2 wireless headphones at its September Far Out event, which was streamed live from the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Pricing was announced as $249 / £249. Pre-orders start September 9th and ship date is September 23rd.
The new AirPods Pro features the same “protruding stick” design as the previous version, and white remains the only color option. A major upgrade is a capacitive touch control on the headphones’ outer surface that allows volume adjustment by swiping up or down – a feature the original lacked.
A new H2 chip enables advanced computational audio in the new AirPods Pro, with the benefits being twice the amount of noise cancelled, according to Apple, along with an adaptive transparency mode that processes sound at 48,000 times per second and reduces noise. sounds like heavy machinery, even when Transparency Mode is on.
As with the AirPods 3 and AirPods Max, Spatial Audio is compatible with the new AirPods Pro. There’s also support for the new Custom Spatial Audio option in iOS 16 that uses the TrueDepth Camera feature on the iPhone to create a unique listener profile based on head and ear shape, so the sound movement is more convincing.
Lightning wired charging plus Qi wireless charging and Apple MagSafe are options with the new AirPods Pro, but you can use the charger that came with your Apple Watch for the first time. For the new model, the battery life has been upgraded to 6 hours for a single charge and 30 hours of total listening time with box charges – which is 4.5 hours and 24 hours, respectively, on the original versions.
There are few new features to be found on the new model that were listed in our 5 updates to expect from the AirPods Pro 2 post, but one of them is an improved case, with a built-in speaker to provide feedback for pairing and low power state and loading. It’s also used for finding accuracy, with the case speaker beeping when the iOS Find My feature is used, as well as supporting UWB directional locating with your iPhone, so you can point directly to your misplaced AirPods.
Finally, Apple also added a new low distortion speaker and custom amplifier, so we assume the overall audio quality will improve over the originals.
There was no mention of lossless audio, but Apple said that the H2 chip supports high-bandwidth connectivity, so we still don’t know what that means. We previously wrote about how Apple could add lossless sound to AirPods via Bluetooth, so there may be more to come from these buttons in the future.