AirPods Pro Overview Updated July 6, 2021

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AirPods Pro are Apple’s in-ear headphones that were first introduced in October of 2019. AirPods Pro feature a more customizable design with high-end features, such as Active Noise Cancellation and more.


The design of AirPods Pro is far more versatile than the “universal fit” of Apple’s regular AirPods. The AirPods Pro go in your ear, rather than resting on the edge of your ear. As such, Apple also includes three different sizes of customizable ear tips in the box with AirPods Pro.

On the stems of AirPods Pro are force sensors, which allow you to control playback of what you’re listening to. The force sensor makes it easy to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls.

The AirPods Pro design is also sweat- and water-resistant and rated for IPX4, which Apple says makes them perfect for active lifestyles.


The two primary features of AirPods Pro that set them apart from regular AirPods are Transparency mode and Active Noise Cancellation.

Transparency mode is a technology created by Apple that lets users simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around them. Outward- and inward-facing microphones enable AirPods Pro to undo the sound-isolating effect of the silicone tips so things sound and feel natural, like when you’re talking to people around you.

Meanwhile, Active Noise Cancellation serves the opposite purpose. This feature will block out your environment so you can focus on what you’re listening to. Again, Apple uses two microphones to create this noise cancellation environment. Apple also says that the AirPods Pro will continually adapt to the geometry of your ear and the fit of the ear tips to ensure noise cancellation is as accurate as possible.

Finally, AirPods Pro feature an Adaptive EQ functionality that Apple says “automatically tunes music to the shape of your ears for a rich, consistent listening experience” that offers “superior sound quality.”

All three of these features are exclusive to AirPods Pro, which means you won’t find them on the more affordable AirPods models.

Battery life and charging

AirPods Pro feature five hours of listening time per charge, but if you enable Active Noise Cancellation, that drops to four and a half hours. AirPods Pro also includes a charging case that delivers over 24 hours of listening time or 18 hours of talk time.

The AirPods Pro charging case can also be recharged via Qi wireless charging. This means you can just drop the case on a wireless charger to gain some added power.

AirPods Pro release date

AirPods Pro were announced by Apple on October 28, 2019, and subsequently began shipping on October 30th. They were widely sold out when first released, but Apple has now caught up with demand in most areas.

Pricing and where to buy

AirPods Pro retail for $249, making them notably more expensive than regular AirPods. But again, you get a handful of exclusive features in exchange for that higher price.

You can find AirPods Pro on the Apple Store as well as from Amazon.

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AirPods Pro review

We had quite a bit of praise for AirPods Pro in our full review:

I’ve been using the AirPods Pro for the last several days, and one thing is immediately clear: these are easily the best headphones that Apple sells, and as you’ll see in our AirPods Pro review, some of the best headphones that you can buy today.

AirPods Pro present an incredible mix of convenience, comfort, and features, making them well worth considering, even if you already own regular AirPods

Future upgrades

AirPods Pro 2 are expected to be released sometime in 2021. This update is currently rumored to bring a major redesign to the product. Bloomberg has reported that the second-generation AirPods Pro will feature a “more compact” design that removes the stem that current sticks out from the bottom of the AirPods Pro.

Bloomberg also reported that AirPods Pro will gain new fitness tracking capabilities. These features would come thanks to new motion sensors. The new AirPods Pro were reportedly scheduled for a release in 2021, but have been delayed until 2022. This means it is likely safe to buy AirPods Pro right now, knowing new updates are likely around a year away.

AirPods Pro Stories Today

How to check if your AirPods Pro are eligible for free replacement

If you’re having issues with one or both of your AirPods Pro earphones, they may be covered under Apple’s service program. Follow along for how to check your AirPods Pro free recall replacement eligibility.

AirPods Pro Stories January 6

AirPods originally launched back in 2016 and over the years, the lineup has grown to feature three distinct models. Particularly if you’ve had the original first-gen or second-gen AirPods for several years, they might be on the brink of death with the batteries wearing out. Let’s look at several options for what to do with old/dying AirPods beyond just paying Apple for replacements or buying a new pair.

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AirPods Pro Stories January 4

How to clean your dirty AirPods Pro and charging case

AirPods Pro have a different form factor compared to AirPods that includes an in-ear design. With that comes new parts to keep clean, and you’ll likely see them become dirtier than AirPods since they’re worn inside your ears. Even after a short time, AirPods Pro can get gunked up. Read on for how to clean your AirPods Pro and charging case.

AirPods Pro Stories January 1

Like they did to celebrate the Year of the Ox in 2021, Apple has released a new special edition pair of AirPods Pro exclusively available in select markets. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger and Apple has created an adorable tiger emoji that’s engraved on these AirPods Pro. The company has also debuted a special Apple logo to celebrate the new year, just as they did last year.

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AirPods Pro Stories December 29, 2021

AirPods Pro and AirPods 3: How to change Force Sensor controls

AirPods Pro have great features like noise cancellation and a Transparency mode with an in-ear design. And to switch between those and other features, Force Sensors in the AirPods Pro (and AirPods 3) stems offer easy control. Read on for how to change AirPods controls including press speed, press duration, and what your left and right Force Sensors do, and more.

AirPods Pro Stories December 28, 2021

With a successful AirPods line, it’s only natural for users to wonder when Apple will release a new generation of the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. Head below as we round up the latest rumors on when expecting a new version of each of these products…

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AirPods Pro Stories December 9, 2021

Apple is rolling out a new firmware version for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max today. The update pushes Apple’s truly wireless earbuds to version 4C165 as well as its premium headphone. Head below for details on how to update and how to check your firmware version. 

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AirPods Pro Stories November 16, 2021

Apple is rolling out a new firmware version for AirPods Pro today. The update pushes Apple’s truly wireless earbuds to version 4A402. Head below for details on how to update and how to check your firmware version.

Update: Apple is also rolling out new firmware version 4B66 to the AirPods 3.

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AirPods Pro Stories November 14, 2021

Apple just released AirPods 3 and Beats is focusing more on the wireless earbuds market than ever before, with the Beats Studio Buds and Beats Fit Pro. But this could actually mean that now the best time to buy AirPods Pro.

Launched in 2019, AirPods Pro feels as new as ever. Different from some products that Apple shouldn’t sell anymore, such as the Apple Watch Series 3, the company’s Pro wireless earbuds are still excellent, especially when you can get them on sale.

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AirPods Pro Stories November 5, 2021

Ever since Apple introduced the AirPods line a few years ago, the company has continued to expand its truly wireless earbuds lineup, especially if you including Beats products. Combining them all, there are at least five different models you could buy right now. What are your favorite Apple or Beats wireless earbuds so far?

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AirPods Pro Stories October 26, 2021

In honor of the iPod’s 20th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs passing, Native Union is out with a commemorative and useful little accessory – AirPods Beanies. Inspired by the classic iPod Socks, the new AirPods Beanies work with all AirPods cases (and more) and come in a colorful 4-pack.

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AirPods Pro Stories October 24, 2021

After a long year of rumors and wrong release predictions, Apple finally unveiled the new AirPods 3, and they are impressive in many ways. Even so, if you’re planning on updating your AirPods or buying one for the first time, the one you should be looking at are the AirPods Pro.

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AirPods Pro Stories October 22, 2021

Now that AirPods 3 have officially been announced by Apple, we can shift our attention to the second-generation AirPods Pro that are rumored for 2022. A sketchy set of new images today claims to show AirPods Pro 2, and while some of the supposed features shown would be nice additions, the images should be treated with a hefty dose of skepticism…

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AirPods Pro Stories October 20, 2021

If you’re looking to buy truly wireless AirPods from Apple, you have more options than ever from which to choose. Apple’s lineup of truly AirPods currently consists of AirPods 2, AirPods 3, and AirPods Pro. Each of these are unique in their own ways, so head below as we recap all of the similarities and differences between the AirPods available today…

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On Monday, Apple unveiled the new AirPods 3 during its “Unleashed” event. AirPods 3 include a new MagSafe Charging Case, and Apple simultaneously started selling AirPods Pro with a MagSafe Charging Case as well. Three days after the announcement, this new version of AirPods Pro is already available in the UK.

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AirPods Pro Stories October 18, 2021

Alongside the new AirPods 3, Apple also announced that the AirPods Pro now comes with a MagSafe Charging Case.

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AirPods Pro Stories October 13, 2021

Apple last year launched a repair program for its AirPods Pro wireless earbuds, as some units had been affected by a problem causing “crackling or static sounds.” The company has now extended the AirPods Pro repair program with an additional year of coverage.

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AirPods Pro Stories October 6, 2021

After first announcing Conversation Boost as coming with iOS 15 back in June, Apple officially released the feature with the latest AirPods Pro firmware update. However, the toggle is quite buried in Accessibility settings, here’s how to turn on AirPods Pro Conversation Boost with iPhone.

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AirPods Pro Stories August 10, 2021

Apple has announced multiple new features for AirPods users with iOS 15, which includes Conversation Boost for AirPods Pro and true Find My support for the first time. While Apple mentioned that users will be able to locate lost AirPods with Precision Finding, iOS 15 will also link AirPods with your Apple ID to ensure that you can easily find them anywhere.

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AirPods Pro Stories August 4, 2021

Apple this year announced for the first time that AirPods users would be able to install beta firmware on their earphones to try out new features before the official release this fall. While the first beta released in July added Spatial Audio for FaceTime calls and Ambient Noise Reduction, today’s firmware enables Conversation Boost on AirPods Pro.

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AirPods Pro Stories July 21, 2021

Apple today has officially released the first version of beta firmware for AirPods Pro users. The new beta enables features such as Spatial Audio for FaceTime as well as Ambient Noise Reduction, but the process to install the beta requires you use Xcode on your Mac. Head below for the full details.

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AirPods Pro Stories June 18, 2021

AirPods and AirPods Pro have proven to be incredibly popular truly wireless headphone options from Apple. With three different variations to choose from, making a buying decision could be tricky. Read on as we compare the AirPods vs AirPods Pro, plus some tips on the best accessories to complement your purchase.

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AirPods Pro Stories June 10, 2021

At WWDC this week, Apple announced a handful of new features for AirPods Pro users, including Conversation Boost and Ambient Noise Reduction. Apple now says that, for the first time ever, it will offer a developer beta of AirPods Pro firmware for testing of these features.

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AirPods Pro Stories May 28, 2021

Apple is said to be close to launching new third-generation AirPods according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, after several months of leaks and rumors about the product. The new buds, rendered above, will feature shorter stems and look similar to current-generation AirPods Pro.

Bloomberg also reports that redesigned AirPods Pro will arrive next year and feature new motion sensors to enable onboard fitness tracking. This would be the first time the functionality of AirPods expands beyond audio.

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