Last night Apple officially unveiled the long-rumoured AirPods Pro, with its long-awaited noise-cancelling design, but it also sold for 1999RMB, a nearly 500RMB higher from the second-generation AirPods. By looking through the specifications and introductions of the two AirPods, I found that the difference between the two was not unreasonable.
The most obvious change from the AirPods Pro compared to its previous generation is that the latter has a new ear-in-ear design that follows Apple’s usual simple white design. However, the length is slightly shorter than that of the previous generation (30.9mm 40.5mm), while the weight (5.4g and 4g) and width (21.8mm and 16.5mm) are larger than the previous generation. In addition, the AirPods Pro’s charging case is more “flat”, but the overall size is still a bit smaller than the ones on the market for other in-ear noise-cancelling headphones.
To make the AirPods Pro more comfortable to wear, the AirPods Pro offers three different sizes of silicone earbuds to match the size of the ear cavity, while balancing the pressure inside and outside the ear cavity with the help of a built-in “ventilation system” for increased wearing comfort. “These inner tapered earbuds fit your ears so that the AirPods Pro can always be worn in your ears,” Apple said on its official website. Coupled with the ventilation system to help balance the pressure, you will feel like nothing when you wear it. “
By contrast, the second-generation AirPods, with their semi-open design, avoid the “bulging sensation” of earphones, but they also prevent them from fully adapting to everyone’s ears, after Apple was around the company who eventually gave up on wearing AirPods. In addition, the semi-open design is difficult to achieve in the absence of passive physical noise reduction, which is one of the important reasons why we often raise sound insulation on first/second generation AirPods.
It’s also natural that we end up seeing noise reduction on the AirPods Pro with an ear-mounted design.
In addition to the physical noise reduction associated with the in-ear design, the AirPods Pro also features active noise reduction, which can be continuously adjusted to the geometry of the ear and the fit of the earbuds to block out outside noise. The extroverted microphone detects external sound waves and then cancels them off with the same anti-noise waves, resulting in noise reduction, while an introverted microphone detects if there are excess sound waves in your ear and then offsets them with anti-noise waves.
And like other noise-cancelling headphones on the market, AirPods also supports mode switching, switching between Noise Reduction Mode and Permeable Mode, which temporarily turns off the headset’s noise-cancelling feature and lets outside sounds into the headset, making it more natural to talk to people around you.
Unlike the first/second generation of AirPods, the AirPods Pro’s interaction is transferred from the headset body to the force sensor of the headphone handle, and supports more gesture control, such as playing/pausing or answering a phone call at a click, jumping to the next track with two clicks, and jumping three times to the last track, Long press switches between active noise reduction and permeable mode.
But noise reduction also means greater power consumption, with the AirPods Pro having only 4.5 hours of listening time on a single charge compared to the first/second generation of AirPods, which is slightly less than the previous generation’s 5 hours, but with the charging case you can still achieve 24 hours of listening and charging 5 minutes more listening time the effect of the
In addition to noise reduction, the AirPods’ audio capabilities are enhanced, with the AirPods Pro enabling thick and powerful bass through customized high-amplitude, low-distortion speaker drive units, while inward microphones help adjust mid- and low-frequency components to optimize audio output; to eliminate background noise and work with the H1 chip to control the sound level. By expanding the microphone mesh sound hole, it also improves the clarity of the call in a windy environment.
The AirPods Pro also achieves ipX4 anti-sweat and water resistance, ensuring the durability of exercise and everyday use. The first/second generation AirPods do not achieve any water-resistant and sweat-resistant certification.
Finally, the AirPods and AirPods Pro have something in common as follows:
1. With the H1 chip, the “Hey Siri” feature is supported;
2. Support spoffing and putting on the playback function;
3. The charging case supports wireless charging.
The differences between AirPods and AirPods Pro are as follows:
1. AirPods Pro has a new in-ear design;
2. AirPods Pro supports active noise reduction;
3. AirPods Pro has better sound quality performance;
4. AirPods Pro supports IPX4 level anti-sweat and water resistance;
5. AirPods Pro supports more gesture control;
6. AirPods Pro is slightly weaker than the second generation AirPods;
7. AirPods Pro comes with a flash to USB-C cable;
8. AirPods support models after the iPhone 5S (2013), and AirPods Pro supports models after the iPhone 6s (2015);
9. The AirPods Pro costs 1999RMB and the second-generation AirPods cost $1,246 (with a wireless charging case costs 1,558RMB).