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Hands-On With the New AirPods Pro 2

After three years of waiting, the second-generation AirPods Pro earbuds are finally here, in customer hands as of today. We picked up the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 and thought we’d check them out to give MacRumors readers an overview of all the new features.

Design-wise, the AirPods Pro‌ look almost identical to the original ‌AirPods Pro‌, but there are some changes with the charging case that you will notice. It has a small hole for a cord, but keep in mind that Apple doesn’t sell its own cord — you’ll need a third-party solution from a company like Incase.

The MagSafe charging case also has speakers on the bottom to play a sound when you lose it, and it integrates with the Find My app so you can find the case AND the AirPods separately. There’s also a U1 chip for Precision Finding, in case he gets lost nearby and you need to track him down.

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airpods pro 2 precision search
You can charge the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 with Lightning or ‌MagSafe‌ chargers, and as a bonus, Apple has even added support for the Apple Watch charger. So you can basically charge with whatever you have lying around.

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Apple has redesigned the inside of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and there is a new H2 chip and all new audio components. Fit is about the same and still just as comfortable, but you now have XS tips to choose from in addition to S, M and L.

With the H2 chip, Apple says the AirPods Pro‌ can suppress up to twice as much noise. It’s not super noticeable right away, but go into a noisy environment with a lot of traffic, construction, or the hum of an airplane, and you’ll hear an improvement.

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Adaptive Transparency builds on the original Transparency Mode and is also powered by the H2 chip. It reduces loud noises like sirens or power tools while keeping everything else around audible, and it works well. Apple has always had an edge on Transparency Mode compared to other earbud manufacturers, and it’s still true today.

Apple has added a new driver and amplifier to the ‌AirPods Pro‌ for richer bass and clearer sound, even at high volume levels. We didn’t notice a huge difference between the original ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the new model, but the sound is warmer and there is definitely an improved range at the bottom with more bass.

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You can still use the same button press as with the earlier ‌AirPods Pro‌ to switch songs, but Apple has also added touch controls to adjust the volume without having to use your device, which is a handy addition.

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Battery life is also improved with up to six hours of listening time and 30 hours in total with the case. We haven’t had much time to test battery life much, but that’s what Apple’s estimates are based on thanks to the H2 chip.

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So are these worth the upgrade? The answer is yes if your 2019 model is starting to show signs of battery life issues or if you want access to an upgraded ANC. ‌AirPods Pro‌ remain some of the best earbuds on the market and are worth picking up.

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