If there's one thing to hate about the first and second gen AirPods, it's the ear tip. If you have the correct ear hole shape for them, then consider yourself blessed. If you do not, however, there's not much you can do about it, except repeatedly stick them back into your ears when they fall out. Or, you could buy another brand of buds with in-ear tips, which are notoriously uncomfortable. (This, and the incredible ease with which you can lose or misplace a single pod.) Modern technology!
Apple tackled that issue with its latest addition to the AirPods line: AirPods Pro, which have in-ear silicone tips. These are smart ear tips. When you place them in your ears, they run a music test to determine if the silicone ear tip is correctly sealing up your ear by measuring the audio playing within your ear and comparing it to the audio the earbud drivers are producing. They should match up, without outside noise distortion. Upon testing it out, the Ear Tip Fit Test told me both the small and medium ear tip sizes fit my ears, and there's a large ear tip size, too, all included in the package. This matters, since these AirPods Pro come equipped with active noise cancellation, and it's quite difficult to actively cancel noise when tips don't fit properly.
These are the first Apple headphones with active noise cancellation, and it works remarkably well, using a duo-microphone system inside and outside the bud to counterbalance nearly all outside sound with anti-noise, without the faint inner static that I've experienced with other noise cancelling headphones. Apple says it takes continuous measurements inside your ear to ensure the audio is as pristine as possible, adjusting itself 200 times a second. (This technology isn't groundbreaking, but it is still impressive.)
However, if you don't want to cancel all noise—for instance, if you're on a run outside or trying to hear muffled train announcements during your commute—Apple created "transparency mode," which lets ambient noise around you filter in with your music through a vent system on the the outside of the buds. Apple sums up transparency mode by highlighting that you can hear yourself speak normally while you listen to music in transparency mode, and its brag checks out. Although, I've you've got long hair like mine, it'll make some noise when brushing against the outside mic in transparency mode.
You can easily switch between active noise cancellation and transparency mode when you’re wearing the new Apple AirPod Pros. | Courtesy
I've felt weirded out riding the subway or walking sidewalks with active noise cancellation on in other headphones—it makes me feel caught unawares—but the AirPods Pro help alleviate that by allowing the wearer to transition between transparency and active noise cancellation quickly with a pressurized touch on the stem of the buds, which is new. (All the commands that you give it without Siri are a series of pressurized touches on the stem. No volume control on the stem, though.)
Another upgrade made by Apple for the AirPods Pro is water-resistance (at IPX4). You can't dunk them in a pool, but you can get them sweaty during a workout. And again, because those flexible in-ear tips are a lot more secure than the previous AirPod tips, and because noise-cancellation will block out all the grunts of that guy building up to a 250-pound dead lift five weight machines and three rows of ellipticals away, AirPods are finally a good choice for the gym.
Active noise cancellation does suck out more battery life, knocking you down to four-and-a-half hours of listening time with this model. Nor did battery life improve between the earlier AirPods and these; without noise cancellation, you've still only got five hours of playtime. The wireless charging case (with its own new design) is definitely essential then, with 24 extra hours of juice. Other features like hands-free Siri controls can be found on the previous generation of AirPods.
Then there's the price: USD$249 (RM1,041). It ain't cheap. But the hunt for superior noise cancelling in-ear wireless buds that don't cause achy ears is a daunting one. These fit the bill for iPhone users, and because Apple AirPods are so damn popular, you can bet that the Pro generation will become just as prevalent. And yes, they sound great. Unfortunately, it's still stupid easy to misplace a single pod.
From: Esquire US