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Technology Apple's new AirPods Pro are $249, add noise cancellation and might actually fit in your ears

20:40  28 october  2019
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Amazon's Echo Buds are an Alexa-powered answer to Apple's Airpods

  Amazon's Echo Buds are an Alexa-powered answer to Apple's Airpods Apple has proven that combining true wireless earbuds with always on access to a virtual assistant can be a reliable recipe for success. Its Airpods continue to be the best selling option, even as the true wireless scene really starts to take off. So, it's no surprise then that Amazon is looking to cash in. Its Echo Buds don't look terribly different from the competition. But they do allow you to talk to Alexa without touching a button -- basically it's an Echo you shove in your ears. One thing the Echo Buds definitely have over their Apple competitors though, is noise cancellation.

Apple on Monday introduced its new AirPods Pro, which feature a new design and active noise cancellation. The $249 (£249, AU$399) wireless earbuds can be ordered online and in the Apple Store app as of Monday, and will be available in stores starting Wednesday.

The newest addition to Apple's AirPods lineup. Apple© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The newest addition to Apple's AirPods lineup. Apple

The AirPods Pro are Apple's first earphones to feature a noise-isolating design with "three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that conform to the contours of each individual ear." Until now, Apple earbuds -- the wired EarPods and totally wireless AirPods -- have had an open design with hard buds that don't seal off your ear canal. The new design could help solve one of the biggest issues with the AirPods -- that they don't fit in all ears securely. Apple also said the AirPods Pro are sweat and water resistant.

iOS 13.2 beta may shed light on Apple's new AirPods design

  iOS 13.2 beta may shed light on Apple's new AirPods design Besides a look at the company's upcoming Deep Fusion photography mode, the latest iOS 13 beta includes another preview Apple might not have intended people to see just yet. Digging into the 13.2 developer beta, 9to5Mac discovered an icon that may depict the company's next-generation AirPods. For the moment, it's best not to read too much into the icon. That said, if it is representative of what the next-generation AirPods will look like, the one interesting detail we can glean is that they'll potentially feature interchangeable rubber tips. This would address the one issue almost everyone has with Apple's Bluetooth headphones: their one size fits all approach.

  Apple's new AirPods Pro are $249, add noise cancellation and might actually fit in your ears © Apple

They should sound significantly better, with improved bass performance. With an open design, you tend to lose some bass, particularly outdoors in noisier environments. And Apple said the Pro's Adaptive EQ "tunes music to the shape of your ear for a rich, consistent listening experience."

Like Sony's WF-1000XM3, the AirPods Pro have adaptive active noise-cancelling as well as a Transparency Mode that allows sound to leak in while you're listening to audio so you can hear traffic around you or train announcements. Apple said the Pro's noise cancellation "continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second."

Apple's $249 AirPods Pro pack noise cancellation and hands-free Siri

  Apple's $249 AirPods Pro pack noise cancellation and hands-free Siri After months of rumors, Apple didn't wait until its next event to reveal the new version of its AirPods. Officially called AirPods Pro, the new model offers active noise cancellation and hands-free access to Siri for $249. The biggest change in terms of design is the addition of silicone ear tips that offer a better seal. This is essential for noise-cancelling earbuds, and it's also a tweak that was tipped in an iOS 13 beta. Apple says theApple says the AirPods Pro offer "superior sound quality" with audio feature called Adaptive EQ. According to the company, the tool "automatically tunes" low and mid-range frequencies to suit each person's ears.

To switch between the two modes -- noise cancellation and Transparency -- AirPods Pro features a new "force sensor" on the stem of the earbuds (you pinch the stem between your fingers to switch modes). This will also allow people to play, pause or skip music, as well as hang up on phone calls, directly on the AirPods Pro.

Like the earlier AirPods and Beats Powerbeats Pro and Beats Solo Pro, this model is equipped with Apple's H1 chip and also feature always on voice recognition, which lets you say "Hey Siri," to summon the digital assistant. Apple owns Beats and this model will compete directly with the popular Powerbeats Pro, which lists for $250 but has recently been on sale for $200.

According to Apple, the AirPods Pro have the same battery life as AirPods, with up to five hours of listening time on a single charge. In active noise cancellation mode, the AirPods Pro will deliver up to four and a half hours of listening. Some new true wireless ear buds deliver better battery life -- more like 6 to 8 hours -- but they don't have active noise-cancelling.

The $249 price tag includes a wireless charging case, which charges on any Qi-compatible charging mat. The AirPods Pro require a device running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.

Originally published Oct. 28,  9:22 a.m. PT.

Update, 10:56 a.m. PT: Adds some comparisons to competing models.

Apple’s AirPods Pro are on sale just weeks after their release .
Less than a month after Apple released its AirPods Pro, they're on sale for $235 on Amazon. That $14 savings is a little surprising. It's unusual to see these things go on sale so soon, and it might irk some of the folks who bought them at full price a couple weeks ago. Normally $249, the AirPods Pro are Apple's best and most expensive true wireless earbuds yet. They offer refined design, better sound and more features, like active noise cancellation (ANC). They add transparency mode, on-board controls and silicone ear tips. They're rated as sweatproof (IPX4), and of course, they have hands-free Siri.

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