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AirPods Pro vs AirPods

Differences Between AirPods and AirPods Pro

There are now two different models of AirPods with the unveiling of AirPods Pro. One goes by the name of simply “AirPods” and the other, of course, “AirPods Pro”. Both versions work very similarly to each other. For example, they both have hands-free “Hey Siri”, long battery life, autoplay and pause of music, and more. And both can easily pair with all of your iCloud-enabled devices such as iPhone, iPad, Mac, and so on.

However, there is some technology and features AirPods Pro has which are not included in other AirPods. Below are a table of summaries for each of the two AirPods. Comparing the two should help you decide which is best for you.

AirPods vs AirPods Pro

FeatureAirPods
AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro and Wireless Charging Case
Designed by AppleYesYes
Easy pairingYesYes
Battery life
(listening time on one charge)
Up to 5 hoursUp to 4.5 hours
SiriYesYes
Charging CaseYes, optional wirelessYes, wireless included
FitUniversalCustomisable ear tips
Personalised EngravingYesYes
Active Noise CancellationNoYes
Sweat and Water ResistantNoYes
ColoursWhite onlyWhite only
PriceA$249A$399

Essentially, AirPods Pro are the very similar to the second-generation pair of AirPods, but have Active Noise Cancellation and are sweat and water resistant. Active Noise Cancellation is a technology which blocks out external noise around you so you can hear what you’re listening to without background noise.

To achieve ANC AirPods Pro have silicon tips (three different sizes) which will fit further into your ear to create this seal. There is an option to turn off ANC with a feature called Transparency that will filter in noise around you.

If you don’t like in-ear earphones or you think you will always have ANC off then AirPods Pro are probably not for you. If you love the idea of ANC and want the best in audio quality then AirPods Pro are the better option.

Pricing and Buying

AirPods and AirPods Pro are available from Apple online and Apple Stores, and from selected Apple Authorised Resellers. AirPods are priced at a Recommended Retail Price of A$249, while AirPods Pro are priced at an RRP of A$399.

All orders from Apple online include fast, free delivery or in-store pickup and 14-day returns. Also exclusive to Apple online is personalised engraving.

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