AirPods Pro 2 Review - MacRumors

AirPods Pro 2 Review – MacRumors

Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro will begin shipping to customers and launch in stores on Friday, September 23. In advance, the first reviews of the wireless headphones have now been shared by select media publications and YouTube channels.


Priced at $249, the second-generation AirPods Pro offer improved audio quality, longer battery life, and up to 2x the noise cancellation compared to the original AirPods Pro. It also offers swipe-based volume control, an improved built-in skin detection sensor that more precisely turns audio playback on or off, and a new XS eartip option.

The new AirPods Pro come with an updated charging case with built-in speaker and U1 chip for Find My support with Precision Finding, an opening for attaching a lanyard for carrying, and IPX4-rated water and sweat resistance. In addition to Lightning and MagSafe, the case can now be charged with an Apple Watch charger.

We’ve collected written and video reviews of the new AirPods Pro below.

Written reviews

The VergeChris Welch said there are “substantial” improvements to active noise cancellation:

But Apple has made substantial gains with active noise cancellation. The company says that, on average, the new implementation is “up to” twice as efficient as the original AirPods Pro. And while I lack the scientific measuring tools, this claim does not seem unrealistic. At our office, I recently moved desks and now sit next to a vent that emits a persistent whirring sound. The original AirPods Pro leave a mark in noise-canceling mode, but it’s completely muted and imperceptible with the second-generation pair. I can still hear co-workers if I walk right by my desk, but most of the time, the AirPods Pro give me plenty of peace. I’ve also noticed legitimate improvements when commuting on the subway, and less overall street noise makes its way through Brooklyn day-to-day.

Welch also noted improved sound quality overall:

Let’s dig straight into the sound quality. Apple completely redesigned the amplifier and driver in the AirPods Pro, and while those drivers are the same 11-millimeter size as the third-generation AirPods, they sound superior and deliver the cleanest and most dynamic output of any AirPods to date .

EngadgetBilly Steele achieved about six hours of battery life, as advertised:

During my tests, I managed six hours and fifteen minutes of use with a combination of noise cancellation, transparency mode and calls. That’s more than the previous generation (4.5 hours) and on par with most of the competition these days. Sure, some companies offer more than 10 hours on a charge, but the average is about five to seven for the noise-cancelling products we’ve tested. More battery life would always be nice, but Apple’s six or seven hours of assembly is enough to get you through the workday if you take a short break.

GizmodoAndrew Liszewski said the new slide-based volume control feature is a welcome update, but can be “a little finicky” at times:

It’s a welcome upgrade, but unfortunately one that I found a bit addictive to work with. Occasionally, it took a few swipes before something happened.

As someone who generally hates touching my headphones while wearing them (it inevitably dislocates them a bit), I’ll probably continue to use Siri voice commands to adjust the volume or skip the track (the only thing Siri does really well ).

MobileSyrupPatrick O’Rourke said the swipe volume control is his favorite new AirPods Pro feature, providing a more convenient listening experience:

In my experience, the new AirPods Pro volume touch controls are extremely responsive and work with subtle changes. If, for example, you want to turn the volume down or up just a notch or two, you can do so with a short swipe. The controls are also marked with a slight clicking noise, indicating that they are active and working. I didn’t encounter any accidental presses during my few days with the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), even when long-pressing the stem to enable/disable active noise cancellation or double-pressing to skip between songs.

The on-device touch volume controls are by far my new favorite AirPods Pro feature. The convenience and ease of use of changing volume levels directly on AirPods Pro (2nd generation) without having to take out my iPhone really can’t be understated.

O’Rourke added that iOS 16’s Personalized Spatial Audio feature isn’t very noticeable:

In theory, I like the idea of ​​the sound being tuned specifically to the shape of your ear, but in practice, it doesn’t really make a difference. It’s also worth noting that while I really enjoy Spatial Audio when watching movies or TV shows on platforms like Apple TV+, I find music to be a hit, especially when a track wasn’t originally recorded with in view of the technology and has been remastered. .

cABLEParker Hall said the charging case’s new built-in speaker “sounds loud enough” to help track my location, but he wishes the case had a USB-C port for wired charging instead of the usual Lightning connector:

Need to find your case through the Find My Apple app? Now you can and it sounds pretty cool. It also makes a little noise when it starts charging. By the way, you can charge wirelessly as usual (the case also supports MagSafe), but it’s a shame to see Apple still rely on the Lightning port instead of USB-C.

Video reviews

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