Apple just unveiled ‘Pro’ AirPods that cost $150 more and have a brand-new design

  • Apple just unveiled a new version of its wireless headphones: AirPods Pro costs A$399 and are scheduled to arrive on October 30.
  • In addition to a higher price, the AirPods Pro come with active noise-cancelling tech, are water-resistant, and have a new form factor.
  • The stem on the AirPods Pro also enables users to interact with their iPhone through touch.
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Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones are getting a major update with the AirPods Pro: a smaller set of headphones with water resistance, active noise cancellation, and new touch functionality that enables users to interact with their phone through the headphones.

The cost is A$399 – a A$150 jump over the base price of AirPods.

Apple AirPods Pro New Design

There are a few main features of the new AirPods Pro that make them better than their predecessors:

  • A major new design: The headphones now have shorter stems and rubber tips that help the headphones stay in your ears.
  • The stems now have touch functionality called a “force sensor”: “The force sensor makes it easy to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls,” according to Apple.
  • Noise cancellation: Apple calls it “active noise cancellation” because the headphones aren’t just sealing out the outside world – they’re also actively pushing back. “Noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second,” Apple says of the functionality.
  • Water resistance: Apple says that “AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant for non-water sports and exercise and have a rating of IPX4 under IEC standard 60529.”

AirPods Pro have been repeatedly rumoured over the past year, and the revamp comes as Apple faces increasing competition in the wireless-earbuds market that it has, until now, largely had to itself. Earlier this year, Amazon unveiled its $US130 Echo Buds, and more recently, Microsoft announced the Surface Earbuds, which will cost $US249.

Apple’s new AirPods Pro are scheduled to arrive on October 30 for A$399, and they are already available for preorder on Apple’s website.