Apple’s “Far Out” event on Wednesday introduced a number of devices to Apple’s existing product lineup, including the iPhone 14, a ruggedized Apple Watch and an updated version of AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods Pro will launch on September 23 for $249.99 and will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, September 9. Apple will continue to sell the basic AirPods at their 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 AirPods Pro iteration, with the new model sporting the same pearly white exterior as the original 2019 model. The noise-canceling earphones also retain the MagSafe-compatible charging case that Apple introduced. last year. But Apple has made some interesting hardware changes that make the second-gen AirPods Pro the company’s most impressive earbuds to date.
Starting with battery life, Apple claims that the new AirPods Pro can support up to six hours of continuous playback with noise cancellation enabled, or an additional 30 with the provided charging case. The 2022 model also includes an updated H2 chip, which enables improved adaptive transparency mode, better noise cancellation, and sliders on the stems to control playback. Both the earbuds and Apple’s new Find My-ready charging case are also equipped with built-in speakers so you know where they are if you’ve misplaced them.
We haven’t had a chance to put Apple’s new AirPods Pro to the test, you can check out our initial hands-on impressions of the new headphones here.
How to reserve the second generation AirPods Pro
The second generation AirPods Pro will be available for pre-order starting next week for $249.99. The original AirPods Pro were priced at $249 at launch, but have now been replaced by their second-generation counterparts on Apple’s website. However, other retailers are still selling the older model for $179.99, including Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy.
If you’re considering upgrading to the new AirPods Pro before they officially launch on September 23, you’ll be able to pre-order them directly from Apple starting at 8am ET/5am PT on Friday, September 9. At the moment, Apple is the only retailer looking to open pre-orders for the new pair of earphones, but we’ll update this post if Amazon, Best Buy, or any other retailer starts offering the earphones before their release date.