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AirPods Pro are Apple’s in-ear headphones that were first introduced in October of 2019. AirPods Pro feature a more customizable design with high-end features, such as Active Noise Cancellation and more.


The design of AirPods Pro is far more versatile than the “universal fit” of Apple’s regular AirPods. The AirPods Pro go in your ear, rather than resting on the edge of your ear. As such, Apple also includes three different sizes of customizable ear tips in the box with AirPods Pro.

On the stems of AirPods Pro are force sensors, which allow you to control playback of what you’re listening to. The force sensor makes it easy to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls.

The AirPods Pro design is also sweat- and water-resistant and rated for IPX4, which Apple says makes them perfect for active lifestyles.


The two primary features of AirPods Pro that set them apart from regular AirPods are Transparency mode and Active Noise Cancellation.

Transparency mode is a technology created by Apple that lets users simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around them. Outward- and inward-facing microphones enable AirPods Pro to undo the sound-isolating effect of the silicone tips so things sound and feel natural, like when you’re talking to people around you.

Meanwhile, Active Noise Cancellation serves the opposite purpose. This feature will block out your environment so you can focus on what you’re listening to. Again, Apple uses two microphones to create this noise cancellation environment. Apple also says that the AirPods Pro will continually adapt to the geometry of your ear and the fit of the ear tips to ensure noise cancellation is as accurate as possible.

Finally, AirPods Pro feature an Adaptive EQ functionality that Apple says “automatically tunes music to the shape of your ears for a rich, consistent listening experience” that offers “superior sound quality.”

All three of these features are exclusive to AirPods Pro, which means you won’t find them on the more affordable AirPods models.

Battery life and charging

AirPods Pro feature five hours of listening time per charge, but if you enable Active Noise Cancellation, that drops to four and a half hours. AirPods Pro also includes a charging case that delivers over 24 hours of listening time or 18 hours of talk time.

The AirPods Pro charging case can also be recharged via Qi wireless charging. This means you can just drop the case on a wireless charger to gain some added power.

AirPods Pro release date

AirPods Pro were announced by Apple on October 28, 2019, and subsequently began shipping on October 30th. They were widely sold out when first released, but Apple has now caught up with demand in most areas.

Pricing and where to buy

AirPods Pro retail for $249, making them notably more expensive than regular AirPods. But again, you get a handful of exclusive features in exchange for that higher price.

You can find AirPods Pro on the Apple Store as well as from Amazon.

Best AirPods Pro accessories:

Best AirPods Pro cases

AirPods Pro review

We had quite a bit of praise for AirPods Pro in our full review:

I’ve been using the AirPods Pro for the last several days, and one thing is immediately clear: these are easily the best headphones that Apple sells, and as you’ll see in our AirPods Pro review, some of the best headphones that you can buy today.

AirPods Pro present an incredible mix of convenience, comfort, and features, making them well worth considering, even if you already own regular AirPods

Future upgrades

AirPods Pro 2 are expected to be released sometime in 2021. This update is currently rumored to bring a major redesign to the product. Bloomberg has reported that the second-generation AirPods Pro will feature a “more compact” design that removes the stem that current sticks out from the bottom of the AirPods Pro.

AirPods Pro 2 could be released sometime later in 2021, but further details are unclear.

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Opinion: AirPods 3 rumors suggest Apple is going all-in on AirPods Pro design, here’s why that’s bad

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What to do with old and dying AirPods: Recycling, replacing, and selling

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How to clean dirty AirPods Pro and charging case

How to clean your dirty AirPods Pro and charging case

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With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, one of the most popular gifts this year will undoubtedly be AirPods and AirPods Pro. With three different variations to choose from, making a buying decision could be tricky. Read on as we compare the AirPods vs AirPods Pro, plus some tips on the best accessories to complement the gift this year.

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Apple releases support advice for AirPods Pro users with crackling audio and noise cancellation issues

There has been a recent upswell in complaints from AirPods Pro owners that their earphones aren’t quite working as well as they did when they first got them. One such issue making waves on the Apple forums is that users are noticing crackling noises coming from their earbuds.

This week, Apple has released a couple of support articles that specifically mention troubleshooting steps to try, for users experiencing issues with Active Noise Cancellation or if they are hearing crackling/static noises.


Kuo expects ‘AirPods Pro Lite’ to be Beats, AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 as soon as next year [U]

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Update: Kuo has issued an update to his report, saying that AirPods 3 will go into mass production during the first half of 2021, not the first half of 2020. We’ve updated our piece below as well.

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