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differences between apple headphones

After the success of the first and second generation AirPods, Apple has decided to expand its catalog of wireless headphones with the launch of the AirPods Pro, full of innovative technologies such as active noise cancellation, higher quality sound and liquid resistance.

However, the new AirPods Pro do not arrive to replace the second generation AirPods presented at the beginning of 2019. The idea of ??the manufacturer, in fact, is increase the range of options available and make available to customers a more advanced type of headset that meets the needs of the most demanding users. This is the new catalog:

AirPods Pro
AirPods with wireless charging case
249 dollars / 279 euros / 5,499 pesos 199 dollars / 229 euros / 4,499 pesos 159 dollars / 179 euros / 3,599 pesos
Custom fit Universal fit Universal fit
Active noise cancellation
Adaptive Sound Equalization
H1 chip H1 chip H1 chip
"Hey Siri" always active "Hey Siri" always active "Hey Siri" always active
Sweat and water resistant
Up to 4.5 hours of audio playback with active noise cancellation Up to 5 hours of audio playback Up to 5 hours of audio playback
More than 24 hours of audio playback with the charging case More than 24 hours of audio playback with the charging case More than 24 hours of audio playback with the charging case
Wireless Charging Case Wireless Charging Case Standard Charging Case

Design and size


The new AirPods Pro have a different design from the previous generation. They are not so tall, have a somewhat wider body and weigh a little more (1.4 grams more, to be exact). In addition, they have silicone molds that allow to seal the auditory pavilion and reduce the level of noise that enters the inside of the ear and a series of openings that automatically regulate the pressure inside the ear to reduce the fatigue usually generated by the headphones of type in-ear.

The second generation AirPods, on the other hand, They are somewhat more slender and opt for a much simpler button design, which is characterized by its comfort but not by the level of isolation. The box in which it is stored, moreover, is more compact than that of the AirPods Pro, which grows in width with respect to the second generation.

The change in design and the larger size of the box responds, mainly, to two reasons: the active noise cancellation system and the new internal components They improve the sound, among other things. To eliminate external sounds, it is essential to isolate the auditory pavilion, something that, in this type of headphones, can only be achieved through intra-aural silicone molds. Apple, in addition, has had to alter the internal structure of the headset to house new sound components, more advanced microphones, processors and pressure regulation grilles, among other components. That is the reason why AirPods Pro do not follow the same mold as other models.

Active noise cancellation, transparency mode and better sound

The noise cancellation system requires proper isolation of the auditory pavilion, but that is only one of the two axes involved in the system. The other part is related to microphones and processing algorithms, which cancel out the remaining noise.

In the AirPods Pro, the operation of this technology is relatively complex, although it can be summarized in two steps:

  • First, an external microphone picks up the surrounding noise, the algorithm processes it and transmits to our ear an equivalent signal but of opposite amplitude. In this way, the noise is canceled and our tympanum only perceives the sound of the music.
  • Secondly, a microphone inside the headset picks up the already processed signal which enters our auditory pavilion, analyzes it and cancels the smaller scale noises that the first microphone could not completely eliminate. In this way, the headset can eliminate even the smallest noise.

This process runs about 200 times per second, Apple explains, so you can say that the headset constantly analyzes the exterior and interior audio signals to offer the best possible noise cancellation.

The AirPods Pro, in addition, analyze in the background the geometry of the ear to equalize the sound in the best possible way. It also performs an analysis of the ear automatically and recommends to the user which silicone mold of the three included in the box is the most appropriate for his ear.

Noise cancellation is adjustable, as in other headphones in your category. Apple also has designed a transparency mode that allows you to listen to certain outside sounds and, therefore, be alert of the environment. This is useful to talk to people or listen to the sounds of traffic and avoid possible accidents when traveling on a busy road.

The AirPods Pro analyze in the background the geometry of the ear to equalize the sound in the best possible way and obtain the most successful cancellation.