Apple’s “Far Out” event on Wednesday introduced a number of devices in Apple’s existing lineup, including the iPhone 14, a rugged Apple Watch and an updated version of the AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods Pro will launch on September 23 for $249.99 and is anow available for pre-order. Apple will continue to sell the entry-level AirPods at the original price of $179; however, it appears that Apple is discontinuing the original AirPods Pro with the release of the second-generation model.
Not much has changed aesthetically from the previous version of the AirPods Pro, with the new model sporting the same pearly white exterior as the original 2019 model. The noise-cancelling earbuds also retain the MagSafe-compatible charging case that Apple introduced last year. But Apple has made some interesting hardware changes that make the second-generation AirPods Pro some of the company’s most impressive earbuds to date.
Starting with battery life, Apple claims the new AirPods Pro can support up to six hours of continuous playback with noise cancellation enabled, or another 30 with the included charging case. The 2022 model also includes an updated H2 chip, which brings an improved Adaptive Transparency mode, better noise cancellation and swipe controls on the stems to control playback. Both the earbuds and Apple’s new Find My-ready charging case also come with built-in speakers to let you know where they are if you’ve lost them.
We haven’t had a chance to fully test Apple’s new AirPods Pro yet, but you can check out our first hands-on impressions of the new earbuds here.
How to order the second generation AirPods Pro
The second-generation AirPods Pro earbuds are available to pre-order now for $249.99. The original AirPods Pro cost $249 at launch, but have now been replaced by their second-generation counterparts on Apple’s website. However, other retailers are still selling the previous model for $179.99, including: Amazon, walmartand Best Buy.
If you’re considering upgrading to the new AirPods Pro ahead of their official launch on September 23, you can: pre-order them directly from Apple straight away. Right now, Apple is the only retailer willing to open pre-orders for the new pair of earbuds, but we’ll update this post if Amazon, Best Buy, or another retailer starts offering the earbuds before their release date.