In October 28, 2019, Apple revealed the AirPods Pro. And now, they (Apple) have finally updated the AirPods Pro, with the 2nd Generation Model. You probably own the AirPods Pro 1 and you’re wondering, Should I Upgrade? Here are 14 reasons why you might consider upgrading to the AirPods Pro 2.
AirPods Pro 2 vs AirPods Pro 1 – Should You Upgrade?
First, we have H2 chip, and according to Apple, it’s a huge upgrade from the H1. One of those improvements is in noise cancelling. Apple is calling this, “Next-level Active Noise Cancellation”. The improved noise cancelling is also thanks to the re-positioned acoustic vents making it twice as powerful.
Apple says that the H2 uses computational algorithms to deliver smarter noise cancellation, superior three-dimensional sound and more efficient battery life.
The AirPods 1 has some pretty good controls. It has a stem and you can click it to Play and Pause the music, and skip to the next or previous song. With the AirPods Pro 2, Apple added touch controls to the stem, and you can now adjust the volume too. You just slide your finger up or down to adjust the volume. You need an iPhone or the Apple Watch (4 and above) to adjust the volume on the AirPods 1.
Skin Detect Sensor
This essentially replaces the old Dual-Optical sensors, to more accurately detect when the AirPods Pro are in your ears.
Personalized Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ
The personalized Spatial Audio is a feature on the AirPods Pro 2 that scans the shape of your ear, and then creates an audio profile that you can sync to all your devices. It means that when using the AirPods Pro 2, you get an even more precise profile based on the shape of your ear.
Adaptive EQ tunes the music to your ears in real time, based on the fit of the AirPods Pro 2.
The transparency mode has also been improved and it’s now adaptive. This means that, when it detects a loud noise, such as construction noise, it will automatically try to make it quieter. All thanks to a new sampling grade for an external audio of 48,000 times per second.
New Audio Driver
There’s a new audio driver, and a brand-new amplifier for deeper base and crisper highs. The audio quality in the AirPods Pro 1 was good, but I always felt like there was room for improvement. Hopefully the new driver brings the AirPods Pro 2 to the top of the game.
Apple has also improved the mic’s audio quality. The new microphone is redesigned to face inwards to make you sound more natural when you’re in a call.
The AirPods Pro 2 come with Bluetooth 5.3 like the new iPhones. Bluetooth 5.3 also supports LE Audio. The AirPods Pro 2 don’t support this yet – it hasn’t been enabled but it could come with a future software update. LE Audio in the AirPods would allow for even better Audio quality, longer battery life and Multipoint connection. Multipoint connection would allow you to connect multiple AirPods to your iPhone. It would also allow you to connect your AirPods to your iPhone and Mac at the same time.
The battery life has been improved quite significantly. They now last for up to 6 hours compared to 4.5 hours on the AirPods Pro 1s (Active Noise cancelling enabled). They can also last 30 hours with the case compared to 24 hours in the previous model.
We now have MagSafe support straight out of the box. We didn’t get this with the AirPods Pro 1 but Apple released a software update for this in October 2021.
Interestingly, you can now use an Apple Watch charger now, to charge the AirPods Pro 2 case.
The case now has the ‘FindMy’ functionality. Previously, we only had that on the AirPods the case has its too. You’ll be able to see it on the map. Even more, the case can play sounds with its built-in speaker to help you locate it easily.
Apart from playing the ‘FindMy’ tone, the case also has new tones that alert you when the battery is low, or pairing is complete.
This is only found in the case. It allows you to precisely locate your case in case you misplace it.
Extra Water resistance
Both the AirPods Pro and the MagSafe charging case are IPX4 sweat and water resistant. They can withstand splashes of water like rain, but not submersion.
Some other upgrades include, Lanyard support and a New ear-tip size (XS).
There you have it. Those are the Main upgrades to the AirPods Pro 2. The only thing lacking is Lossless Support. I really wish it had it but it doesn’t.
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