AirPods Pro Overview

Apple AirPods Pro are the company’s new and premium addition to their bestselling AirPods line of wireless earphones. They get an all-new design away from the regular AirPods, and feature earbud-style tips for in-ear inserts. Among all its new features & tech packed in, the big one is the Active Noise Cancellation.

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AirPods Pro are an improvement over the standard AirPods in almost every way. They are very comfortable, fit better, sound better and also look better. On top of that, they have Active Noise Cancelation (ANC), sweat resistance and the superb transparency mode which pushes the ambient sounds in through the microphones. All these are well worth the $50 increase in price over the standard wireless charging AirPods. For iOS users, if you can afford them and are not averse to ANC, there’s no better all-round choice than these.


  • Excellent, Comfortable and secure fit with 3 ear tip options.
  • Effective noise cancelation performance.
  • Clear and Balanced sound quality.
  • Compact charging case with 19+ hours of extra charge.
  • Smaller yet functional design.
  • IPX4 Water and Sweat resistance.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Hans-free Siri access.
  • Seamless pairing with iOS devices.
  • Superb Transparency mode.
  • Audio Sharing.


  • Expensive.
  • Sound quality for the price.
  • Same Battery life as the AirPods 2.
  • No on-board control for volume.
  • Limited functionality for Android.

AirPods Pro Features

A quick rundown of the AirPods Pro’s important features & specs.

Noise Cancellation
Active Noise Cancellation using two microphones that continuously adjusts to the ear.
Water Resistance
Sweat and Water resistant (IPX4).
Transparency mode
Noice cancellation is switched off and the microphones enable ambient sounds.
Adaptive EQ
Auto tunes the music to the shape of the ear.
Battery (AirPods)
Up to 5 hours of listening time without Noice Cancellation.
Up to 4.5 hours of listening time with Noice Cancellation.
Up to 3.5 hours of talk time.
Battery (AirPods + Case)
More than 24 hours of listening time.
More than 18 hours of talk time.
Quick Charge
5 minutes in the case provides around 1 hour of listening time or talk time.
Custom Fit
Customizable fit with 3 sizes of silicone tips.

Why the "Pro" (Apple AirPods Pro vs AirPods 2)

Here’s a comparison, listing the important differences between the AirPods Pro and 2019’s 2nd gen AirPods.

AirPods Pro vs AirPods 2019
AirPods ProAirPods 2
Noise CancellationActive Noise Cancellation.No
Water ResistanceSweat and Water resistant.No
Custom FitCustomizable with 3 tip sizes.Single Fit
Adaptive EQAuto tunes the music sound to an individual's ear shape.No
Battery (AirPods Only)Up to 5 hours of listening time (Noice Cancellation Off).
Up to 4.5 hours of listening time (Noice Cancellation On).
Up to 3.5 hours of talk time.
Up to 5 hours of listening time.
Up to 3 hours of talk time.
Battery (with Case)More than 24 hours of listening time.
Approx. 18 hours of talk time.
Sound QualityImproved with better drivers & a better fit.Standard.
ControlsPinch controls.Tap controls.

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Apple AirPods Pro Review Articles Expert Reviews from the Headphone pros

MacworldNov 8th, 2019

AirPods Pro review

"Apple at its best"

Apple takes the smash-hit AirPods and improves fit, comfort, and sound quality while adding a decent active noise reduction system and great transparency mode. But at this price, they should probably sound just a little better.

Jason CrossReview
EngadgetNov 6th, 2019

AirPods Pro review

"Apple's latest earbuds can hang with the best"

The AirPods Pro are Apple’s best true wireless earbuds to date, but they’re also its most expensive. The addition of key features like active noise cancellation, transparency mode, on-board controls and silicone ear tips are all upgrades over the previous two models. Despite Sony’s WF-1000XM3 outperforming these in terms of audio and noise cancellation, the AirPods Pro do a decent job with both, and hands-free Siri is a key feature Sony doesn’t offer.

Billy SteeleReview
Digital TrendsNov 6th, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro review

"Best buds"

Apple’s Airpods Pro don’t have to be great for people to buy them. Their simple interface assures iPhone owners will treat them as the default. So, the fact they are great is all the more remarkable. Even Android owners may want to give them a look.

Caleb DenisonReview
CNETNov 5th, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro review

"The first Apple headphones to offer active noise cancellation"

While they don’t quite take the crown for best-in-class sound quality, the AirPods Pro are great true wireless headphones that exceed the standard AirPods in nearly every way.

David CarnoyReview
SoundGuysNov 11th, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro review

"The AirPods got a makeover."

For just $50 more than the original model with the wireless charging case, these are definitely the ‘buds to get. They sound better than the originals and have a way better fit and active noise cancelling to boot. If you have an iOS device, just get these.

Adam MolinaReview
What Hi-Fi?Nov 6th, 2019

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"Apple aims to conquer the noise-cancelling arena"

The noise-cancelling new AirPods can be beaten for sound, but they are a joy to live with and use all day, every day

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Laptop MagNov 9th, 2019

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With effective noise cancelling, good sound quality and a comfortable, sweat-resistant design, the AirPods Pro are the complete package.

Phillip TracyReview
The VergeNov 1st, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro review: perfect fit

"Better fit, better sound, higher price"

The AirPods Pro do come close to perfecting the original AirPods concept, though: the in-ear design will fit more ears, the noise cancellation outperforms what you’d expect from tiny earbuds, and they sound better than ever (and the old ones already sounded good enough for millions of people).

Chris WelchReview
RTINGSNov 8th, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review

The Apple AirPods Pro are a welcome upgrade to the previous models of Apple AirPods. Overall, they are better headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, and are much more versatile for everyday use.

Jake Thauvette & OthersReview
TechRadarNov 11th, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro review

"The perfect earbuds... for Apple fans"

If you’re an iPhone user and have been toying with the idea of going true wireless with your earbuds, then grab these now – if you can afford it. The new noise-cancelling feature is neat and useful, and the overall improvements to sound and design couldn’t be more welcome.

Gareth BeavisReview
StuffNov 12th, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro review

"Let's hear it for versatility and convenience"

Apple’s AirPods Pro are fantastic wireless in-ears, comfortable and incredibly intuitive making for a seamless user experience. It does feel a bit of a stretch to call them ‘Pro’ as they don’t quite match similar priced competitors for sound quality.

Natalya PaulReview
PCMagOct 31st, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro Review & Rating

Apple’s true wireless AirPods Pro earphones are vastly superior to the standard model, with solid noise cancellation, quality audio performance, and a far better in-ear fit that justifies the extra cost.

Tim GideonReview
T3Oct 31st, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro review

"Noise cancelling and great sound combine in world-beating true wireless buds"

Apple AirPods Pro are among the best true wireless earbuds you can get. They sound excellent, the noise cancellation is strong, and the secure yet comfortable fit means they work very well for exercise too. They’re still better suited to iOS than Android, but their appeal is likely to be universal

Matthew BoltonReview
Tom's GuideNov 5th, 2019

AirPods Pro Review

"Practically perfect"

With active noise cancelling, a better fit and resistance to sweat, the AirPods Pro are the ultimate wireless earbuds.

Sherri L. SmithReview
AppleInsiderNov 7th, 2019

AirPods Pro review

"you don't need to be an AirPods power-user to appreciate them"

With active noise cancellation and other new features, Apple’s new AirPods Pro does its best to embody the “pro” monicker affixed to the well-known name.

Andrew O'HaraReview
WIREDNov 12th, 2019

Review: Apple AirPods Pro

"Apple's latest wireless earbuds are what the original AirPods should have been."

The AirPods Pro aren’t the best headphones for any one purpose, but if you’re an iPhone owner, they’re a Swiss army knife of sound that might be the best addition to Apple’s hardware empire since the Apple Watch.

Parker HallReview
Trusted ReviewsNov 26th, 2019

Apple AirPods Pro Review

"Apple's AirPods Pro is a pricier, more feature-rich take on the AirPods"

AirPods Pro are excellent earbuds and easy to recommend, especially if you’re deep in the iOS ecosystem. They sound great, are far more comfortable than competing headphones and the ANC is very effective. Add to that the typical AirPods feature like a strong connection and easy pairing and you’ve got a very complete product.

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