Rumors have been floating around about Apple coming out with a more premium version of the AirPods, and it turns out that that is in fact the case, as the brand has just announced, the AirPods Pro.

AirPods Pro
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AirPods Pro boasts a new design that’s closer to traditional in-ear headphones. The previous generation had quite some issues with getting a secure fit, so this new version comes with three sets of silicone tips, so you can easily find the right fit and seal. It also has vents to equalize pressure.

AirPods Pro Raw
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Perhaps one of the key features of these headphones, is Active Noise Cancellation, which works by countering external sound detected by an outward-facing microphone with anti-noise. It does the same inside your ears using an inward facing microphone.

AirPods Pro Top View
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Another new feature is the ability to shift from Active Noise Cancellation to Transparency Mode to let outside sound in just by pressing and holding what they call a force sensor in the stem. The same sensor is also used to control playback and attend to calls.

Adapative EQ lets you enjoy great sound quality (or so they say)  with its custom driver and amplifier. The H1 chip, which uses 10 audio cores basically enables real-time noise cancellation.

AirPods Pro with Charging Case
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AirPods Pro is IPX4 sweat and water resistant, and can deliver up to 4.5 hours of playback (5 hours with ANC and Transparency OFF), and up to 3.5 hours of talk time in a single charge. Using its Wireless Charging Case, you can get up to a total of 24 hours listening time with additional charges, and an hour of listening or around an hour of talk time with 5 minutes of charging.

AirPods Pro is priced at PhP14,990, though actual date of availability is still to be announced.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.