Three years later, Apple decided to upgrade its in-ear headphones. Formalized at the same time as the iPhone 14, the AirPods Pro 2 bring many new features.
A key player in the field of audio with its AirPods, Apple had not yet deemed it useful to renew its Pro model launched in 2019. Rumors have however multiplied, but the American brand has finally waited for its back-to-school keynote 2022 for us present the second generation of the AirPods Pro. It was time for Apple, which must now deal with increasingly strong competition; we can mention Sony with its WF-1000XM4 and even Google which is finally launching with the Pixel Buds Pro. Apple had to react and the AirPods Pro 2 offer many new features.
Better noise reduction, increased battery life
First remark, the brand stays the course and retains the design of the original headphones. On the other hand, the upper evolves to offer a tactile zone in order to manage the volume. The main improvements are inside the earphones which embed the new H2 chip.
The new AirPods Pro also get Custom Spatial Audio with iOS 16; in addition to noise reduction. Thanks to the arrival of the H2 chip and an optimization of the event, Apple indicates that it has greatly improved noise reduction. She is twice as efficient than on previous AirPods Pro.
Note that the headphones now come with four sizes of silicone tips (L, M, S and XS). In the radius of disappointments, we note that these AirPods Pro 2 do not support lossless audio. The brand prefers to continue betting on Spatial Audio.
To measure up to the competition, Apple is also improving the autonomy of its headphones. The new AirPods Pro claim 6 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is 33% more than the first iteration. The charging case offers 30 hours of listening time, that’s 6 hours more than the old model. Charging is still done via Lightning, but it becomes possible to use the Apple Watch, Qi or MagSafe roller. Note that it becomes network compatible Locate and wins a speaker.
Price and availability
Apple announces that its AirPods Pro 2 will be available from September 23, at the price of 299 euros. Pre-orders will begin on September 9. As usual, the brand is content to offer a white version.