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Apple announced the second generation of AirPods Pro at its “Far Out” event on September 7. Here’s how it compares to the first generation.
Like the new Apple Watch SE, AirPods Pro Gen 2 keeps most of the same features as AirPods Pro Gen 1 with a few notable upgrades.
The upgraded product includes a new H2 chip that powers more intelligent noise cancellation and three-dimensional sound. In addition, active Noise Cancellation now cancels twice as much unwanted noise, so nothing interrupts listening.
AirPods Pro Gen 1 versus AirPods Pro Gen 2 – Specifications
|Specifications||AirPods Pro (Gen 1)||AirPods Pro (Gen 2)|
|Dimensions (inches)||1.22 x 0.86 x 0.94||1.22 x 0.86 x 0.94|
|Case Dimensions (inches)||1.78 x 2.39 x 0.85||1.78 x 2.39 x 0.85|
|Case Weight (ounces)||1.61||1.79|
|Battery Life (earbuds)||4.5 hours with ANC||6 hours with ANC|
|Battery Life (with case)||Up to 24 hours||Up to 30 hours|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.3|
|Microphones||dual beamforming microphones,|
|dual beamforming microphones,|
|Sensors||Dual optical sensors,|
|Dual optical sensors,|
|Sweat and Water Resistance||IPX4||IPX4|
|Active Noise Cancellation||Yes||Yes|
AirPods Pro Gen 1 versus AirPods Pro Gen 2 – Design and Dimensions
Physically, the AirPods Pro Gen 2 has not changed from the AirPods Pro Gen 1, other than a slightly heavier case at 1.79 grams, compared to 1.61 grams on Gen 1. Each case is 1.78 x 2.39 x 0.85 inches.
AirPods Pro Gen 1 versus AirPods Pro Gen 2 – Features
AirPods Pro Gen 2 features up to two times more active noise cancellation thanks to the H2 chip. In addition, a new driver and improved acoustic algorithms help ANC reduce unwanted noise.
Adaptive Transparency uses the H2 chip to minimize sounds faster at 48,000 times per second. As a result, it will improve the experience of walking through and past loud noises such as sirens or power tools.
AirPods Pro Gen 2 has new touch controls on the stems of the earbuds. Swipe up or down to adjust volume, press to play and pause music, answer and end calls, or hold to switch between Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Adaptive Transparency.
Personalized Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking is a new feature on AirPods Pro Gen 2. It works with the TrueDepth camera on an iPhone to create a custom profile based on a person’s head geometry. The profile syncs across devices.
Dynamic head tracking now brings three-dimensional audio to Group FaceTime calls.
Adaptive EQ tunes music to a person’s ears in real-time, based on the fit of AirPods Pro. Inward-facing microphones measure what you’re hearing, then adjust the low to high frequencies of a song.
AirPods Pro Gen 1 versus AirPods Pro Gen 2 – Battery Life
Battery life has improved in AirPods Pro Gen 2 with up to 6 hours of listening time with a single charge. Additionally, using the case enables up to 30 hours of total listening time with Active Noise Cancellation enabled.
Battery life on the case is up to 30 hours, compared to 24 hours on AirPods Pro Gen 1. Gen 1 also gets up to 4.5 hours with ANC.
AirPods Pro Gen 1 versus AirPods Pro Gen 2 – Connectivity and Other Details
AirPods Pro Gen 2 has Bluetooth 5.3 instead of Bluetooth 5.0 on AirPods Pro Gen 1. In addition, the case for AirPods Pro Gen 2 includes the U1 chip with Precision Finding to help identify its location.
A built-in speaker helps people further zero into the location. A built-in lanyard loop lets you attach your case to a backpack or handbag.
The case for AirPods Pro Gen 2 can be charged either wirelessly using a MagSafe charger, an Apple Watch charger, or a Qi-certified charger, or with the Lightning connector.
Gen 2 keeps the same sweat and water resistance as Gen 1 at IPX4. It also includes an extra-small silicone ear tip, whereas AirPods Pro Gen 1 only had three. The four sizes are XS, S, M, and L.
AirPods Pro Gen 1 versus AirPods Pro Gen 2 – Pricing
AirPods Pro Gen 2 keeps the same price of $249 that its predecessor had or $41.50 per month for six months with Apple Card Monthly Installments.
A purchase of AirPods Pro Gen 2 comes with six free months of Apple Music for new subscribers.
AirPods Pro Gen 1 versus AirPods Pro Gen 2 – What to buy
Getting the newest products is always an excellent option for new buyers that don’t have to mind a budget. While AirPods Pro have been on sale recently for as low as $169, the new ones at $249 provide the latest case that supports charging with an Apple Watch cable tjat may reduce the need for an additional charger, that is, if the person has an Apple Watch.
New audio options may also tempt existing AirPods Pro owners. They can adapt to various head shapes and feature more intelligent noise cancellation and superior three-dimensional sound. And, the new extra small silicone ear tip will be good for small ear canals.