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Technology The Engadget Podcast: Do you need Apple's AirPods Pro?

19:05  01 november  2019
19:05  01 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

New $29 AppleCare+ option covers AirPods and Beats

New $29 AppleCare+ option covers AirPods and Beats Apple has launched an AppleCare+ option for headphones, which sounds like a great deal for people who keep dropping their AirPods. The $29 add-on is available not just for AirPods, but also for select Beats earphone and headphone models. It extends the devices' hardware repair coverage from one year to two, and it covers two more incidents of accidental damage from handling. While the service doesn't seem to cover charging cases, its coverage includes wireless buds' batteries and the charging cables they shipped with. Plus, it buys subscribers priority access to Apple's customer service.

AirPods Pro Apple . Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. To little fanfare, Apple has snuck out its AirPods sequel, and they're shorter with even more features crammed inside. The main one is noise cancellation, with two microphones on each earbud, and software that continuously adapts the level of

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This week it's all about computers in our ears, or hearables, if you prefer. Apple announced the long-awaited AirPods Pro on Tuesday, but even though they helped popularize wireless earbuds, now just about every tech company has their own pair as well. We chat about what's new with the AirPods Pro, as well as how to find the perfect pair of earbuds for you. Plus, we talk about the state of smartwatches. (Note: This episode was recorded before Google's Fitbit acquisition was confirmed.)

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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.

Introducing AirPods Pro . Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and a customizable fit — all in an incredibly light in-ear headphone. An inward-facing microphone hears sound as you do . AirPods Pro then fine-tune the audio by adjusting the mid and low frequencies.

Powered by the Apple H1 headphone chip, AirPods deliver a faster and more stable wireless connection to AirPods connect immediately to your iPhone or Apple Watch, and sound switches seamlessly Works with second-generation AirPods . Siri is available on iPhone 4 s or later, iPad Pro

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  • AirPods Pro hands-on: We can already hear the difference
  • Sony WF-1000XM3 review: Simply the best true wireless earbuds

  • Jaybird Vista review: The best true wireless earbuds under $200

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Hosts: Devindra Hardawar and Cherlynn Low

Producer: Ben Ellman

Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien

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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