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AirPods Pro Review: Hearing is still believing - Six Colors
The original AirPods were a revelation, even for a person like me, who had written off Apple’s ability to create good headphones years before. The combination of being truly wireless, sounding pretty good, and being easy to use turned the AirPods into a hit product. I know a lot of Apple nerds, and a surprising number of them think the AirPods are the best product Apple has made in the last few years.
Now here come the $249 AirPods Pro, an even more cutting edge, even higher priced pair of wireless headphones that go beyond AirPods with an in-ear-canal design, customizable silicon tips, less obvious stems, a refined control scheme, and active noise cancellation. The result is a pretty incredible product that will be the perfect fit for some people, while others will find the original AirPods design to be a better value.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
AirPods Pro review: Apple's best audio invention since AirPods | iMore
Just because you call them pro, doesn't mean they are pro-quality. Does Apple's AirPods Pro meet my standards?
Apple is taking everything pro these days, even if the product doesn't necessarily reflect what we consider something to be a professional grade product. AirPods Pro are Apple's latest addition to the pro lineup with better audio, active noise-cancellation (ANC), and a more comfortable design. Are they pro quality? I've had AirPods Pro solidly set into my ear canals for 4.5 hours at a time since I got them and have some opinions to share with you.
AirPods Pro
Bottom line: Finally, a comfortable pair of AirPods with active noise-canceling. What more could you ask for?
$249 at Apple
AirPods Pro In-Brief
For people who want:
That iconic AirPods look
A more comfortable fit than AirPods
Active noise-cancelling earbuds
Deeply integrated Siri support
Automatic connection to all Apple devices
Long battery life
Wireless charging
Not for people who want:
Cans (on-ear or over-ear headphones)
Colors
Pro-grade audio
Inexpensive pricing
airpods_pro  review 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Apple announced AirPods Pro, and the internet did not disappoint | iMore
Get your daily meme fix right here!
What you need to know
Apple announced its AirPods Pro on October 28.
The internet was very quick to drop as many memes as possible.
Resemblances include Bellsprout, Plants vs Zombies, Pingu and more.
Apple announced its AirPods Pro on October 28. If you didn't know this, it can only be assumed that you live under a rock, or despise technology, or Apple, in which case why are you reading this?
If you saw the announcement, it's likely you may have seen a few more jovial pieces across the internet, as people took to every platform imaginable to ridicule the design of Apple's latest wireless in-ear headphones. In case you missed any of them, here's a roundup of the best (and worst) AirPods Pro memes.
The Bellsprout resemblance (above) was one of the first to appear, and was an instant classic...
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6 days ago by rgl7194
Running a 5K with AirPods Pro: Five questions answered | iMore
A better fit should mean you can do more with these upgraded earbuds.
Most reviews of the new AirPods Pro talk about the things you're going to use them for everyday. The new noise cancellation is great, the battery is essentially unmatched without a giant battery case, and the sound quality is improved, but not really enough to be considered near the high end. Like their predecessors, these are impressive earbuds, with a lot of smarts in them to make your life easier when you're just about anywhere.
But what about when you're running 3.1 miles around your neighborhood at 7AM, with the sun rising behind you and a fleet of cars pulling out of driveways to head to work? Are Airpods Pro the thing you want to reach for when running a 5K? I had a lot of questions, and after my run today found no shortage of clear answers.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
Audiophile YouTuber says AirPods Pro are the 'best wireless earbuds on the market' | iMore
AirPods Pro aren't perfect, but they're good enough.
What you need to know
AirPods Pro are Apple's first noise cancelling earbuds.
One audiophile calls the sound "fine."
But they're still worthy of the crown of "best" earbuds around.
Apple's AirPods Pro have been around for a couple of days now and people are starting to form their opinions on how they perform. One of those is self-confessed audiophile Quinn Nelson who took to his Snazzy Labs YouTube channel to explain his thoughts.
The video is absolutely worth a watch because it steps beyond the usual Apple tech reviewer perspective and goes into things more deeply than you might have previously seen. That means Nelson is able to compare how AirPods Pro really sound when put up against their closest competition, the Sony WF-1000XM3.
On that note it's clear Nelson believes that the Sony earbuds sound better and if they're anywhere near as great as my Sony WH-1000XM3 that's probably the case. But the Sony offerings can't compete on what made the original AirPods so popular – their connectivity and instant pairing abilities.
Overall despite AirPods Pro only sounding "fine" Nelson does conclude that they are the "best wireless earbuds on the market" which is no mean feat. I'd expected that to come with a caveat of "for iPhone users," but it never arrived. So there we have it, even my friends at Android Central should be picking up AirPods Pro.
I didn't see that one coming.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
5 great shortcuts and automations for AirPods Pro | iMore
AirPods Pro present a great opportunity for shortcuts and automations.
One of the more interesting aspects of Shortcuts in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 is the ability to set up automations. Automations perform an action once a certain condition is met. For instance, when you scan a particular NFC (near-field communication) tag, that might start an automated sequence that turns off certain HomeKit accessories and turns others on.
One of the cooler automation triggers in the latest version of Shortcuts is Bluetooth, which allows you to set off a particular automation by connecting to a specific Bluetooth device. So for instance, if I connect to a particular Bluetooth speaker, that could activate an automation that checks the time of day then, based on the time, plays a particular playlist through the speaker.
This also presents certain opportunities when it comes to Apple's latest earphones, the AirPods Pro. You can set the AirPods Pro as the specific trigger for an automation or two, while a new shortcut action in iOS 13.2 also allows you to set the Noise Control mode on the AirPods. And because automations can do whatever shortcuts can, you can also add that Noise Control action as part of an automation should you so choose.
How to use AirPods Pro as an automations trigger in Shortcuts
Shortcuts and automations for your AirPods Pro
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6 days ago by rgl7194
First AirPods Pro teardown shows lots of tiny bits and pieces | iMore
Turns out small earbuds use small parts.
What you need to know
AirPods Pro went on sale yesterday.
iFixit has completed its customary teardown.
AirPods Pro are full of...lots of small things.
The arrival of AirPods Pro yesterday seems to have gone well both for the people who bought them and the company that sells them. Early reviews are very much on the positive side of awesome, and queues around the world suggest people are eager to pay the $249 asking price, too. And now we know what that money gets you.
The teardown masters at iFixit have done what they do best and we now know exactly what's on the inside of AirPods Pro.
The thing that immediately jumps out at me is the fact that everything is so, so small. I'm aware that's a silly thing to say for something so small on the outside, but still. Seeing all of the chips, batteries, and boards laid bare is still a sight to behold.
That's absolutely the case with the new system-in-package (SIP) that powers AirPods Pro. It's a little rectangle that sits inside the earbuds and although it might not look much, it's what makes all of the magic happen. And iFixit notes that it's even smaller than the SIP used in AirPods. Impressive.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
iFixit's Teardown of AirPods Pro
iFixit has shared its teardown of the latest Apple AirPods Pro, which contains a 0/10 repairability score, the same one as with the original AirPods.
Notable surprises during the teardown include a watch-style battery cell in each AirPod, which is quite similar to the battery in Galaxy Buds, glue and a generous amount of soldering which renders the AirPods Pro irreparable.
iFixit believes that Apple could re-use the Force sensor, microphones, antennas and System on Package, but the glue and non-modular design, and lack of parts have made it uneconomical and impractical.
Customers will have to purchase new AirPods Pro when the battery dies. Apple currently charges $89 for either left or right AirPod, and $178 for the pair. The fees become lower when you get an AppleCare+ for Headphones. The $29 plan will reduce the cost of replacement to just $29 and covers the device for up to two years with a two-incident limit.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
How to customize the AirPods Pro controls | iMore
Take control of your new AirPods Pro by customizing the controls.
Apple's latest set of earphones, the AirPods Pro, work in many ways like Apple's other AirPods. They pair easily, switch devices quickly, and you can customize some of their functions in the Bluetooth menu on your iPhone or iPad.
Of course, AirPods Pro pack some extra features, and that includes the ability to customize how its controls work to a greater degree than you can on other AirPods. For instance, AirPods Pro have what Apple calls a force sensor on each stem. These are the physical controls that many have been wanting on AirPods for a while, allowing you to control music playback with physical control.
Additionally, you can also hold down the force sensor to activate either the new Noise Control features on AirPods Pro, or activate Siri. Here's how you can do that on your AirPods Pro.
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11 days ago by rgl7194
What is active noise-canceling? | iMore
With the introduction of Apple's AirPods Pro, you're going to hear a lot more about active noise-canceling as it relates to audio products. Here's a look at what the technology does and why you should consider buying a product with it built-in.
What does active noise-canceling provide?
Also called active noise control (ANC) or active noise reduction (ANR), active noise cancelation has been designed to reduce unwanted sound by adding a secondary sound. The new anti-noise is used to cancel out the first, thereby making your audio content sound more robust.
There are two types of noise control, active and passive. The former uses a power source for sound reduction, while the latter uses something physical such as insulation or other sound-absorbing material.
In the case of active noise canceling, manufacturers typically use a combination of a microphone, battery, and circuitry to remove the sometimes annoying background noise surrounding a device. Some companies, like Bose, do this very well, while others less so.
airpods_pro  technology 
11 days ago by rgl7194
AirPods Pro Hands-On Review — vs. AirPods 2, PowerBeats Pro
Apple's got some brand new AirPods. AirPods Pro to be specific. And, I'm not just going to give you all the details, and tell you how they compare to the regular AirPods and the PowerBeats Pro, but I'm going to unbox them and go hands-on. Right now.
AirPods are the best-selling headphones in the world. And, based on all the memes alone, I've got no reason to doubt it. Bu,t they're also far from perfect. In my own reviews, going back to the originals, I've asked about better sizing for my grappling-mashed ears. Water resistance for rain or sweat while walking out or working out. Noise cancelation for when the world is just too loud. And colors, for when I want to be loud.
AirPods Pro are the answer for most, if not all of that.
Now, they don't replace the current, second-generation AirPods the way those did the originals. Instead, they join the lineup as a higher-end option. Like MacBook and MacBook Pro. iPad and iPad Pro. iPhone and iPhone Pro. You get it.
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11 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: AirPods Pro First Impressions
Apple invited a few dozen media folks to New York today for a briefing and early access to the new AirPods Pro. My initial impression: I like them.
I left for home around 2:30 in the afternoon, and wore the AirPods Pro for the next three hours: on the subway in Manhattan, waiting (briefly, mercifully) in the cacophonous Penn Station, on the train ride home to Philadelphia, walking home through Center City Philadelphia, and then in my house. The subway, a train ride, and busy city streets are pretty good tests for noise cancellation.
Noise cancellation worked really well for me. I own a pair of Bose over-the-ear noise canceling wireless headphones, but almost exclusively wear them only on airplanes and trains. Wearing noise-canceling earbuds on the subway and walking through the city is going to take some getting used to. It’s so good you really do lose sense of your surrounding aural environment.
I was a dummy and didn’t take my Bose headphones on my trip today, so I can’t say how they compare side-by-side on the train, but there’s no question how AirPods Pro compare to regular AirPods. The difference is like night and day. Amtrak trains are pretty noisy — especially at what we in the U.S. so adorably consider “high speeds” — but with AirPods Pro the clackety-clack rumble was effectively blocked out.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: On the Disposability of AirPods
Geoffrey Fowler, writing for The Washington Post...
When you think about it, it is rather ridiculous that once the batteries in AirPods die, they’re disposable. Paul Kafasis and I talked about this back in March on my podcast.
But what’s the alternative? Fowler holds up Samsung’s Galaxy Buds...
They’ll sell you the batteries (although at this writing iFixit’s website claims to be sold out), but good luck installing them. iFixit does not have a repair guide for the Galaxy Buds, and the teardown video they do have is expressly labeled “not a repair guide”. There’s a reason why Samsung doesn’t offer a repair option. As for being “great ear buds” — reviewers disagree.
AirPods’s disposability is a problem, and it runs counter to Apple’s staunch pro-environmental messaging, but it’s a problem shared by every set of ear buds in the category. Keep in mind too, that a solution to this problem needs to account for weight, waterproofing, appearance, comfort, and cost. It’s a hard problem to solve, obviously. I’d be happy with next-generation AirPods that solve nothing but this problem.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
Dancers & their AirPods Pros – On my Om
Apple seems to be going all out on the launch of its new AirPods Pros. In cities around the world, they are sharing larger-than-life photos of dancers with the new in-ear headphones in an effort to showcase their ability to stay in place, even when dancing up a storm. These dancers appeared on buildings in London, Tokyo, Paris, Dubai, Milan and more last week but now Apple added AirPods to those canvases. If you are in New York, you probably can see a 30-story video projection that will bring the motion of the dancers to life above the Fifth Avenue Store. This is a big product launch for Apple — without a big event — and maybe they should do this more often, for other product extensions.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
How to test the fit of your AirPods Pro ear tips | iMore
AirPods Pro come with a new feature to ensure you're getting the best sound quality — here's how to do the Ear Tip Test on your iPhone and iPad
The AirPods Pro are Apple's first earbud headphones that feature active noise cancelling (ANC), and in order for ANC to work at its best, you need to have the best fit possible for your ears. Apple has included an Ear Tip Test in the Bluetooth settings of the AirPods Pro on iPhone and iPad, which will tell you if you have a good seal or tell you to adjust the position and/or try a different size of ear tip.
Luckily, Apple has thrown in three different sizes of silicone ear tips you can install on your AirPods Pro to help ensure you can get a good seal in your ear when using your AirPods Pro. Armed with those little silicone bits here's how you can use the Ear Tip Test to check if your AirPods are fitting just right!
How to do AirPods Pro Ear Tip Test on iPhone and iPad
Launch Settings.
Tap Bluetooth
Tap AirPods Pro form the list of devices.
Tap Ear Tip Fit Test.
Tap Continue.
Place both AirPods securely into your ears.
Tap Play.
If both AirPods say, Good Seal tap Done as shown below on the right.
If one or both AirPods say Adjust try adjusting or changing the silicone ear tip and running the test again by tapping Play
You can run this test anytime you want by following thee steps above, so if you ever feel like something is off, it's easy to see if the fit in your ears is the problem.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
The New AirPods — MacSparky
Apple has now released a second set of AirPods. These include several additional features:
Rubber tips so you can make them fit your ears better.
More water resistant. (Really … sweat and light rain resistant)
Noise cancellation
I think all three features are important but noise cancellation is the one I’d be most intested in. Interestingly, it has a pass through mode for when you are using it when noise cancelling is not worth it, or even dangerous. These aren’t meant to be a replacement product to the existing AirPods but a premium product.
I don’t care for use of the “Pro” moniker, but I like the look of the new AirPods. I’ll be reporting back when mine show up.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
The YouTube AirPods Pro unboxings and reviews are rolling in | iMore
The hype train continues.
What you need to know
AirPods Pro go on sale October 30.
Some YouTubers were given early access.
Early unboxing and impressions videos are now online.
Apple announced AirPods Pro yesterday with the earbuds going on sale tomorrow. That didn't give reviewers long to test them but the first few YouTube videos are starting to roll onto YouTube already.
We'll be updating this post with any new videos as they are uploaded, but there should be enough to get your teeth into for now.
airpods_pro  unboxing  video  youtube 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: This Rumor Didn't Last Long
MacRumors, two days ago:
“AirPods Pro” will come in as many as eight colors, including White, Black, and a new Midnight Green finish to match iPhone 11 Pro models, according to a Chinese-language report from the Economic Daily News.
Turns out you can get AirPods Pro in any color you want, so long as it’s white.
I’m genuinely curious why Apple doesn’t offer AirPods in more colors. Seems like something people would enjoy, especially black. My best guess is that Apple considers white earbuds to be iconic and part of the Apple brand.
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16 days ago by rgl7194
What is the battery life of AirPods Pro? | iMore
Best answer: Apple says that the battery on AirPods Pro will give you up to five hours of listening time. This can be reduced to 4.5 hours if you use active noise cancellation.
Battery consistency: Apple AirPods Pro ($249 at Apple)
What battery will you get?
From a full charge, Apple says AirPods Pro will have up to five hours of listening time. This is consistent with the battery life in earlier AirPods, but in a package that's generally smaller than those previous earphones.
Apple also notes that battery life can be affected depending on how you use your AirPods. So if you take a lot of calls, use Siri or dictation a lot, or fiddle with the new force sensor on the stem, you'll probably experience shorter battery life than five hours.
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16 days ago by rgl7194
AirPods Pro vs Powerbeats Pro: Which should you buy? | iMore
Compact and pro sound
AirPods Pro
Colorful and wireless freedom
Powerbeats Pro
AirPods Pro finally gives AirPods users true wireless freedom with a secure in-ear fit, so you won't have to worry about losing an AirPod so easily. It also has Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with Transparency for safety, and you can share audio with other AirPods Pro users.
$249 at Apple
Pros
Improved sound and fit with silicone ear tips
Multiple sizes of silicone ear tips
Active Noise Cancellation
Transparency Mode
In-ear design with water resistance
Wireless charging case that's still compact
Controls can be customized
Cons
Requires iOS 13.2, watchOS 6.1, tvOS 13.2, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later
Only about 4.5 hours of battery life, 24 hours with case
No colors
Powerbeats Pro has incredibly long-lasting battery life, and even more so if you have the charging case to extend it. The over-hook design works for a lot of people, including glass wearers. Unfortunately, Powerbeats Pro does not have Active Noise Cancellation, just noise isolation, but it can work with any Bluetooth device.
$200 at Amazon
Pros
Over-ear hook design for secure fit
Four sized ear tips for the right fit
9 hour battery life, over 24 hours with charging case
5-minute Fast Fuel charging gives 1.5 hours of playback
Has H1 chip but can work with any Bluetooth device
Cons
Large and bulky charging case
Charging case does not have wireless charging
Only noise isolating, not cancelling
Controls can't be customized
The AirPods Pro are great for those who don't mind an in-ear design and want active noise cancellation with transparency for certain situations. But the Powerbeats Pro will definitely last longer and are great for workout enthusiasts.
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16 days ago by rgl7194

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