The Apple AirPods Pro 2 features a new Adaptive Transparency feature that improves on the true wireless earbuds’ Transparency Mode. The AirPods Pro 2, like the original model, has Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) which removes distracting ambient noises from your earbuds. But there are times when you want to know what is happening around you.
Adaptive Transparency allows you to hear important background noise without blasting the sound in your ears
In case you’re wondering whether this was a mistake on Apple’s part, it doesn’t appear to be so. A Reddit user with the handle of “Jeff03blue_Instinct” writes this about his first-generation AirPods Pro, “Every morning it works for me opening this door that has a high pitch screech. The noise gets whited out as the door opens. Edit: It did not use to do this.”
Get 25% more battery life with the second-generation AirPods Pro
If you’re wondering whether this means that you shouldn’t shell out for the new AirPods Pro 2, keep in mind that the latter uses the H2 chip only found in the latest model. And that is the chip responsible for Adaptive Transparency Mode which means that in theory, this feature should work better on the newly released unit. In addition, the battery life is much improved on the second-gen version.
Adaptive Transparency appears on the first AirPods Pro
With the MagSafe Charging Case, you can get up to 30 hours of listening and 24 hours of talking before needing a charge. With the OG AirPods Pro, the case delivers up to 24 hours of usage between charges. So if you’re mulling over in your mind whether to spring for the AirPods Pro 2, keep the 25% longer battery life in mind. And you can charge the case wirelessly using a MagSafe charger, an Apple Watch charger, or a Qi-certified charger. A Lightning power adapter will also work.
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The AirPods Pro 2 also comes with 2 times the ANC capabilities and allows you to control playback functions from the stem. Volume can be adjusted with a light swipe up or down on the earbuds. As for pricing, the second-generation AirPods Pro is priced at $249, the same price that the original model was priced at when it was first released on October 30th, 2019. You can also make six monthly payments of $41.50.
Even if you can use Adaptive Transparency on the original AirPods Pro, the improvements made might be enough to make it worth it to buy the new version of the AirPods Pro. Apple points out that “the earbuds deliver personalized Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking [that] tailors the listening experience by precisely placing sound elements in the space around you.”