Apple enjoys a dominant position in the TWS segment. AirPods have proven to be ideal for iPhone users, now more than ever, as the days of wired headphones are behind us. Apple updated its AirPods lineup with the introduction of AirPods Pro (2nd generation), which have come a long way from the original AirPods and are also superior to the original Pro model. A new AirPods Pro is long overdue, with Apple skipping an update for a good three years. Is it worth waiting for the new model? Let’s find out.
Apple launched the new AirPods Pro 2 in September at its celebrated fall event. They are priced at Rs 26,900 in India. Apple has added a Pro formula to its new AirPods, which is reflected in the price.
Apple AirPods The Pro 2 may not look that different from the original Pro, but they sure have a lot to offer to make it worth your while. They’re lighter, offer improved audio and noise cancellation, better battery life, spatial audio, new volume control, improved tracking, and much more.
Design, controls and adjustment
Apple AirPods Pro 2 continues the signature design, with slight touches that are only reflected in use. The stem design takes on more meaning with the AirPods Pro 2 than with any of the predecessors. Let’s dive into the design details.
AirPods Pro 2 now have extra-small tips in addition to small, medium, and large sizes, now fitting a larger user base. AirPods, as well as the charging case, now get IPX4 certification to protect against drizzle and splashes of water.
There are some thoughtful additions to the case, such as the lanyard loop, which can be used to attach the case to your bag or jeans, and a speaker for alert sounds while tracking it or to be notified in case of low battery. or pairing. success. The general appearance of the case is almost the same. The case still picks up minor scratches over time.
As for the AirPods, the two earphones look identical to the first-gen model, which is not a bad thing. The design works and the comfort is still the best you can get. The biggest update we found on the AirPods Pro 2 is that they now have a slider to adjust the volume. This was long overdue and saves a lot of time and effort for users.
Other controls on the AirPods Pro 2 are standard. A single press on the stem of AirPods Pro 2 can answer/end calls, play/pause tracks; two presses changes tracks; three presses take you to the previous track; and press and hold switches between ANC and adaptive transparency modes. To adjust the volume, simply slide the AirPods Pro 2 stem up or down and it works effortlessly. If you’re an avid Siri user, you can command Siri to change the volume, get directions, playback controls, receive messages, and more.
AirPods Pro 2 also have an auto play/pause feature, which is a crucial feature in the TWS segment. Anytime you remove one or both earbuds from your ear, the music or any media will stop playing. Put the headphones back on and voila, continue playing. To get ahead of the competition, Apple also added a skin sensor to the AirPods, which means putting the earbuds in your pockets or bag doesn’t resume playing tracks. This also affects the battery in general.
Apple AirPods Pro 2 arrived after three years. Naturally, there were high expectations. After testing the headphones for a good amount of time, it only managed to exceed our expectations as they sound great. The audio delivered by the AirPods Pro 2 is clear, with great detail and balanced tones. The custom low-distortion, high-excursion audio driver combined with the H2 chip’s audio algorithms promise precision in your audio performance. The advancements in the second generation model make the AirPods Pro 2 better than the original variant.
The AirPods Pro 2 would remain paired with the iPhone 14 Pro for several hours throughout the day. During this, we handle calls, listen to music, stream media content on OTT, and play some games. The rich audio delivery and powerful sounds made for a pleasurable listening experience. From catching up with House of the Dragon to listening to pop, hip-hop, bass-heavy Punjabi tracks and trance on Apple Music, we couldn’t have asked for a better TWS paired with the iPhone 14 Pro.
Overall, the AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) are definitely better in more ways than one, providing their signature sound to suit your hearing needs.
These tiny headphones have a surprising number of features. For one, the ANC is absolutely brilliant. To get the most out of the noise canceling function, make sure you get the right size eartip and do a fit test of the eartip. With ANC on, you can mute loud sounds and enter a whole other dimension. If you’re playing music while on ANC, everything around you is muted.
ANC can be great, but our favorite is the Adaptive Transparency mode, which we often use. The magical algorithms of the Apple H2 chip block out loud noises and keep you aware of the environment. It worked great in traffic as the constant sound of the horns would be muffled. Even when passing some construction work in the neighborhood, which is a lot in Bangalore due to Namma Metro work, the loud noises are filtered out so they don’t irritate the ears. That was one of the reasons we didn’t mind having the headphones on all the time.
Another fancy feature that blew us away is custom spatial audio. The precision with which he works is absolutely amazing. Just map your left and right ear once and enjoy an immersive experience. Apple Music has a dedicated playlist for tracks that support Spatial Audio, which works better. But the feature also worked in movies and TV shows, which was quite remarkable. You can choose the fixed or head tracking function according to your preferences. It’s also worth noting that this feature is not the reason to upgrade, as the first-generation AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and AirPods (3rd generation) gained support for this feature with a recent software update.
Connectivity and customizations
Apple AirPods Pro 2 doesn’t come with an app and that’s just one less app for the iPhone. But what’s even better is that once you pair the new AirPods Pro 2, the features of an app are available directly within the phone’s Settings. It’s not an app equivalent, unlocking all the features you’d otherwise have, but it’s close and has just about everything.
The AirPods Pro 2 setup will allow you to do an eartip test to make sure you have a sealed fit. You can also choose ANC modes, customize tap and hold, and rename your AirPods. The Settings app allows you to choose your microphone preference during phone calls. You can configure spatial audio, automatic ear detection, charging case sounds, and a host of accessibility settings.
Pairing AirPods Pro 2 is as easy as ever. Simply open the cover of the case and you will receive a notification on the iPhone. A simple touch and it’s paired.
AirPods 2 Pro get Bluetooth 5.3, which future-proofs the earbuds and opens avenues for LE Audio later on. During our daily use, we found the AirPods Pro 2 to have spectacular range. Our AirPods stayed connected to the iPhone while streaming media from at least 20 steps away from the phone, all without audio distortion. The Find My feature is still in the Find My app.
Apple AirPods Pro 2 has surely improved when it comes to battery. With our regular use, we could use the AirPods Pro 2 for up to 5 days, which is with ANC on and off. With regular ANC, you can get 3 days.
Our battery stats based on our usage translated as follows:
- Five and a half hours with ANC
- 26 hours of listening time with the charging case
- Quick charge gives you 60 minutes of playtime in just 5 minutes of charging.
What made charging the AirPods Pro 2 easier was simply placing it on the Watch charger. The case is Qi-compatible and also powers up with the Lightning cable. The charging speed is quite fast compared to the original model.
With continued use, AirPods Pro 2 learn your listening habits and charge up to 80 percent. This is similar to what the iPhone does, which preserves battery health if you plan on using the AirPods for a long time.
AirPods Pro 2 has improved dramatically and makes the wait worthwhile. Apple has surely come a long way on this front, building on its strengths from the walled garden stuff. Noise cancellation is effective and audio performance is vivid. Battery optimization is also improved for that uninterrupted use.
AirPods Pro (2nd generation) is more of its own product than an extension of the iPhone. It’s a no-brainer if you have an iPhone and it’s worth upgrading from the original AirPods Pro.