S&V Score- 9.6/10
They look a lot like the AirPods 2 which in turn was similar in design to the original first-gen AirPods. They are an in-ear type truly wireless earphones. There are two microphones in the AirPods pro, One is on the outside which measures the outside noise and adjusts the anti-noise to muffle the outside sound. One is inward-facing which measures the audio inside the ear canals and adjusts accordingly. The inward microphones are also used to test the ear tip fit test(See section features). The major design change comes with the addition of a new force touch sensor at the stem of each AirPods. They work just like the 3d touch found inside older iPhones. I found the placement to be a little odd. There is a small learning curve for controlling the AirPods pros with the new touch sensor. AirPods pros don’t have a haptic engine but they produce a click sound in your ears which is similar to a click sound.
The charging case is similar to the AirPods 2 with a tad bit shorter. They are like AirPods 2 charging case rotated 180 degrees. Apple managed to make a pair of noise-canceling AirPods that are still pocketable.
The AirPods Pro is compatible with any iOS, mac, apple watch device running 13.2, 15.1.1 and 6.1 respectively. They have the custom made apple h1 chip which makes pairing with the supported apple device a breeze. I found some connectivity issues but that can be attributed to some software bugs which will be addressed in later updates.
Apple added some pretty cool features to the new AirPods Pro like the ear tip fit test. AirPods Pros have a microphone inside your ear which is used to test the fit of the tip you are wearing. This is the first time I have seen something like this in an earphone. Pretty sweet! Although I got a good fit in all 3 tip sizes, which can be a little confusing so choose the ones that fit the best. Also, you might have to use different size tips in both ears, nothing to be surprised there. You can check this by going to the little I in the Bluetooth section of AirPods pro.
AirPods Pros also have a new transparency mode which turns on the outside microphone and lets ambient sound in. Honestly, I found the transparency mode to be a little robotic. You can turn off the noise cancellation by long touching the volume bar in the control center of your iOS device.
Hey Siri is also there just like AirPods 2. If you don’t want to look stupid shouting on the streets you will be using the long press on the force touch sensor.
One press to play/pause, twice to next and long press to either change noise cancellation level or activate Siri. You can customize this in the Bluetooth settings of your AirPods pro.
Now coming to the most important part of any music device, the sound quality. The sound quality of the apple AirPods pro is good. They have punchy bass and good mid-range response. I found the lows to be a little troubling because of the smaller driver. Still compared to the AirPods 2, AirPods Pro feels a very big update. I always hated the AirPods because they never fit into my ears, with the pro’s that complaint is taken care of. They are not at all pro in any way or an audiophile device.
The noise cancellation on the AirPods Pros is good. They work good with constant sounds but have a hard time canceling human voices which is understandable as the varying pitch is difficult to cancel out. Apple claims that the earphones can adjust 20000 times the noise cancellation to make your listening experience good.
Don’t have high hopes though. They are not even close to what Sony or Bose offers with their noise cancellation series. Still, in day to day usage because of their size, I would prefer them over the competition.
AirPods Pro vs AirPods 2
If you own a first-generation AirPods you should upgrade to these as they are a pretty big update over the first generation in terms of both audio and functionality. Even if you have the AirPods 2 you can look for upgrading to the AirPods Pro as they have pretty nifty features to offer for the extra bucks. I still disagree with apple though that the AirPods Pro’s are an add on to the regular AirPods.
Is it Pro?
They are not the first ones to add noise cancellation in truly wireless earphones, Sony has been doing it for a long time. They are not the first ones to design an in-ear style earphones. The sound quality is also not even close to any pro music device. But if you consider the small things in the user experience along with the added benefit of the how small the earphones are, they kinda justify the pro name to a certain degree.
Value for Money
The AirPods Pro cost 24,900 in India. They are expensive no arguments there. You are paying to be in the great apple ecosystem. The seamless connection with the iPhones, MacBook, and iPad is unmatched. The noise cancellation is also great with a decent battery life of 5 hours on a single charge and 24 hours with the case.
There is no point in getting this if you are an android user. They will still sound almost the same even on android but a lot of iOS features won’t work.