Design-wise, AirPods Pro look almost identical to the original AirPods Pro, but there are a few changes to the charging case that you’ll notice. There is a small hole for the lanyard, but note that Apple doesn’t sell its own lanyard – you’ll need a third party solution from a company like Incase.
The MagSafe charging case also has speakers on the bottom to play audio when it’s missing, and it integrates with the Find My app so you can find the case and AirPods individually. There is a U1 chip for precise search as well, in case you lose it near you and need to track it down.
You can charge AirPods Pro 2 using Lightning or with MagSafe chargers, and as a bonus, Apple has added support for the Apple Watch charger. So you can basically charge with whatever you have around you.
Apple has redesigned the AirPods Pro’s interior and there’s a new H2 chip and all new audio components. The Fit is about the same and still comfortable, but you now have XS tips to choose from as well as the S, M, and L.
With the H2 chip, Apple says AirPods Pro can cancel up to twice as much noise. It’s not immediately very noticeable, but get into some noisy environments with heavy traffic, construction or the hum of an airplane, and you’ll hear an improvement.
Adaptive transparency is based on the original transparency mode and is also enabled by the H2 chip. It reduces loud noises like sirens or power tools while leaving everything else audible, and it works well. Apple has always had the advantage of transparency mode over other earbud manufacturers, and that still holds true.
Apple has added a new driver and speaker to AirPods Pro for richer bass and clear sound even at high volume levels. We didn’t notice much difference between the original AirPods Pro and the new model, but the sound is warmer, and there’s definitely improved range in the lower frequencies with more bass.
You can still use all the same button presses you used with the previous AirPods Pro to swap songs, but Apple also added touch control to adjust the volume without having to reach for your device, which is a handy addition.
Battery life is also improved with up to six hours of listening time and 30 hours in total with the case. We didn’t have time to do a lot of testing on battery life, but that’s what Apple puts in place thanks to the H2 chip.
Is this worth the upgrade? The answer is yes if your 2019 model starts to show signs of battery life issues or if you want to get to the improved ANC. AirPods Pro are still some of the best earphones on the market and are worth buying.