The latest addition to the AirPods line of true wireless earbuds include a new shape, better integration with iOS software, and more ways to customise your listening experience. But is the update worth the money? Find out in our Apple AirPods Pro review.
This article is updated for the Australian market each month.
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Apple prefers to create products and slowly add features over time. The Apple AirPods Pro are a giant leap forward for Apple’s AirPods brand, which now include the over ear AirPods Max and an updated version of the original AirPods.
That said, the AirPods Pro are expensive. As a result Apple have lowered the price for the Australian market, placing the AirPods Pro in a perpetual, never ending “on sale” channel. Now read on as we uncover if AirPods’ nearly $300 price point is justified.
Where the Apple get it right, and where they miss the mark
PRO: Apple deliver a product that works straight out of the box.
- AirPods Pro are designed for compatibility with Apple products. As a result pairing is painless and quick, as is switching from one device to the other. AirPods Pro are also capable of connecting to several iOS devices at the same time with multipoint technology.
PRO: Phone calls and Zoom meetings are better than ever.
- Apple have included a jaw dropping 4 microphones in each earbud. Because of this fact, inbuilt software and signal processing technologies make calls and Zoom meetings crystal clear and free from background noise.
- Comparatively most wireless earbuds fail to get calls right, and is a highlight of our AirPods Pro review.
CON: Battery life is a pitiful 2.5-4 hours of continuous use.
- The AirPods Pro are battery hungry, trimming total continuous use time down to 2.5 hours.
- As a result you may want to disable features. Active noise canceling is a particular battery hog.
- Because of this you will find yourself placing AirPods Pro in their charging case to avoid running out of power, and the case can recharge the earbuds fully twice.
CON: The ball and stem shaped design can be uncomfortable.
- AirPods Pro design takes into account most ear shapes with two minor flaws. Firstly, a relatively wide shape may be too large for those with smaller ears. Secondly, the stem design has a tendency to snag when moving about and can cause the earbuds to fall out needlessly.
CON: Weak accessory package.
- Apple include a meager 3 sizes of silicone rubber ear tips plus a basic USB-C charging cable.
- This is far behind competitors offering 6-8 ear tips and multiple included accessories.
- Likewise, Apple should consider including a carrying cases and ear stabilisers.
CON: AirPods Pro are for Apple users only.
- One of the more frustrating drawbacks of AirPods Pro is the Apple ecosystem.
- AirPods Pro have a number of features only available to iOS users in an attempt to keep customers buying Apple.
- Together with a high price point, this is a petty and predictable move on the part of Apple, and our AirPods Pro review and rating takes this into account.
AirPods Pro Review Conclusion: A step, not a leap, forward for Apple
Apple have come a long way since releasing the first edition of AirPods in 2016, when the iconic white stems began appearing on millions of ears the world over. Since then, Apple have spent countless hours engineering new versions.
As a result the latest AirPods Pro are a fine enough product that most iOS users will enjoy. Notably, calls and video conferences are fantastic as a core strength of the product. The drawbacks, in particular battery life, make AirPods a small step forward for Apple rather than a leap. At a nearly $300 price point, you can find better value elsewhere in the wireless earbuds category.
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The Pro edition of the iconic white earbuds includes a new form factor and a number of enhancements to sound quality, battery life, and for the first time active noise canceling. Overall, Apple have created a product that does what it promises, but with surprising drawbacks considering a nearly $300 price point.
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