Apple AirPods Pro vs AirPods Pro 2: What's new?

AirPods Pro 2 look like an even better pair of true wireless earbuds thanks to these new features

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Launched at the Apple Far Out Event, held in Cupertino, California, on the 7th of September 2022, the second-generation Apple AirPods Pro are looking like an even more convincing pair of earbuds than their predecessors.

Apple AirPods Pro were first launched back in 2019 and have since been proven to be some of the best true wireless earbuds you can buy - but now they're even better thanks to Apple AirPods Pro 2

The new features keep the latest Apple 'buds bang up to date when it comes to the latest and so will help them to compete against big players from the likes of Sony and Bose.

AirPods Pro vs Pro 2: performance and features

Sporting a new H2 chip as opposed to the H1 chip in the original earbuds, for higher bandwidth connectivity, as well as a new low distortion audio driver and a custom amplifier. All of these changes should help to enhance the sound with more clarity and a wider soundstage in comparison to the first generation although, of course, we will need to get our hands on them to judge how true that is. 

Spatial audio has been taken even further with shiny new personalisation which Apple claims will better place sound around you, making you feel even more immersed in the action than you would have done before as well as tuning the sound to perfectly suit you. It works using the iPhone's true depth camera to create profiles based on your individual head and ears.

Other improved features include more accurate Find My technology which can now locate individual earbuds using sound as well as the case thanks to a tiny built-in speaker, and you can be directed to the case more specifically using the Precision Finding feature. 


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AirPods Pro vs AirPods Pro 2: noise cancelling

The new Apple Airpods Pro 2 true wireless earbuds have boosted their noise cancelling capabilities with the potential to cut out twice the amount of outside noise as the originals which will massively improve how focused you can be on your music. That will make the world of difference particularly in noisy environments like aeroplanes or on the subway.

As well as that, there's a brand new Adaptive Transparency Mode which dynamically reduces the volume and lets sound in only when you need it. It can process noise at 48,000 times per second per second which means it can react better to high decibel noises like road works or the sound of the train and so ultimately do a better job at cutting them out.

Apple AirPods Pro vs Pro 2: design and fit

For comfort, the latest AirPods include an extra small ear tip as well as the usual small, medium and large so they now come with 4 different tips. Because of that, you should have a better chance of finding the perfect secure fit.

Another design change is to the touch controls which you can now use to adjust the volume with a light swipe up or down along the stem.


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AirPods Pro vs Pro 2: battery life and charge time

For those who spend all day every day listening to music, the improvements to battery life will make a huge difference. You'll now get 6 hours of listening from a single charge, which is over 30% more than the originals which had just 4.5 hours of battery, while the charging case offers up to 30 hours of juice which is 6 hours more than it was before.

To charge the case back up again, Apple has added the capability to use the Apple Watch charger as well as the standard lightning cable and MagSafe wireless charger so you won't need to carry as many cables around with you when you leave the house.

Apple AirPods Pro vs AirPods Pro 2: price

You'll be able to buy the Apple AirPods Pro2 from the 9th of September, they'll set you back $249 / AU$399, which is exactly the same as the first generation. 

Yasmine Crossland
Freelance Tech Expert

Yasmine is the former Reviews Writer for T3, so she's been knee-deep in the latest tech products for reviewing and curating into the best buying guides since she started in 2019. She keeps a finger on the pulse when it comes to the most exciting and innovative tech and is happy to tell you exactly what she thinks about it too. In her free time, you'll catch her travelling the globe – the perks of being a freelance tech expert – tending to her plants when at home and, but of course, planning her next big trip.