When tech's leading luminaries, Apple, dropped the AirPods Pro, the world went ga-ga for them. Fancy new earphones that are an upgrade from the already fancy and tech-filled AirPods? Count us huge fans. WH Digital Editor Amy Lane was among the first to try them out – scroll on for her review.
But, the big news today is that Amazon has slashed Apple Airprods Pro (with the charging case) from £239 to £184. That's a saving of £55, or 23%. Yep, run, don't walk.
If you're here for the full rundown of AirPods vs. AirPods Pro, keep reading.
Apple Airpods at a glance:
Apple AirPods vs Airpods Pro – what's the difference?
The Pros feature a new look, fit and tech which, when taking all together make wearing the Apple wireless headphones a totally new experience.
However, this doesn't mean that the older style should be overlooked. 'AirPods are the best-selling headphones in the world. The one-tap setup experience, incredible sound and iconic design have made them a beloved Apple product,' said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Apple AirPods Pro review: At a glance
What I love
New 'transparency mode'
New fit test for secure fit
Sweat and water-resistant
What's a bit 'meh'
Five hours of listening time (using new sound modes)
The fancy new tech doesn't come cheap (circa £249)
Apple AirPods Pro key specs
24 hours of listening time
18 hours of talk time
Wireless charging case
My Apple AirPods Pro Review: The detail
When it comes to headphones for an active lifestyle you kinda need two things: to be able to block out the hollers of your family when working out at home but also to be able to hear traffic on your run. Until today, no headphone has really hit both briefs.
Enter Apple AirPods Pro.
What are the Apple AirPods Pro?
These headphones are SRSLY clever.
To explain why, let me circle back to those active lifestyle conundrums. A recent survey by Runner's World found that 84% of women have been harassed while running at some point, and an earlier survey found 43% of women have had it happen to them more than once.
As a runner, I know this worryingly sad truth too well - I often question my safety on dark AM runs or pitch-black runmutes home. And so, I want to listen to my running playlist and belt out Bey as loud as possible, but I also want to know if a car has pulled up too close or hear catcalls so I can switch sides of the road or change direction. For times like these, AirPods Pro has Transparency mode.
What is Transparency Mode?
Using a clever tech Transparency mode uses just the right amount of noise cancellation so you can hear sounds around you while your music continues to play perfectly. It sounds weird, but it works.
That car, or perhaps the bus that’s appeared out of nowhere can now be heard.
And how about Active Noise Cancellation?
But what about those disturbing sounds and noises you don’t want to hear? For them, use the Active Noise Cancellation mode. AirPods Pro has two microphones combined and fancy software to remove background noise. Basically, you won’t hear anything but your playlist in noisy situations when activated.
So, is it easy to switch between Transparency Mode and Noise Cancellation?
Yes! There’s a new ‘force sensor’ on the AirPod. Rather than tap the device like you did on early AirPods you use this instead. Simply press and hold to switch between modes. You also use this to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls.
And to make sure they fit perfectly, there’s the Ear Tip fit test
Consider this the adult version of having your shoe size checked in Clarks as a kid. All you do is pop into the settings on your iPhone and use the Ear Tip fit test option to check that the ear tip is the right size and has a good fit, or should be adjusted to create a better seal (there are three sizes: small, medium and large).
So, what's the damage..?
I’ve got that info too.
AirPods Pro are available from apple.com/uk .
AirPods Pro require Apple devices 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. So basically, update your iPhone pronto.
The 3rd Generation AirPods with Charging Case are available for £169. The 2nd Generation Airpods are also up for grabs for £119. Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for £79.
You can add personal engraving to AirPods Pro, AirPods with Charging Case and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for free on apple.com/uk and the Apple Store app.
My final thoughts
If you’re going to tell me that £239 is a heck of a lot for wireless headphones then yes, I hear you. (Hence why the special rate of £184 on Amazon RN is a seriously good one).
But, if like me you wear earphones from the minute you leave the door in the morning until the moment you get home at night, then they’re worth considering.
The fact that you can get one hour charge from five minutes in the case and the transparency mode has runners' safety in mind has sealed the deal, for me.
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