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AirPods Pro 2022

Apple (MacRumors, Hacker News):

With the power of the new H2 chip, AirPods Pro unlock breakthrough audio performance — including major upgrades to Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode — while also offering a unique way to experience Spatial Audio that’s even more immersive. Now, customers can enjoy Touch control for media playback and volume adjustments directly from the stem, along with longer battery life, a brand-new charging case, and an additional ear tip size for a better fit.


AirPods Pro offer 1.5 hours of additional listening time over the first generation, for a total of up to six hours with Active Noise Cancellation.


AirPods Pro come with a newly designed charging case that is sweat- and water-resistant, and includes a lanyard loop so it’s always within reach. With Precision Finding, users with a U1-enabled iPhone can locate their charging case with guided directions. The charging case also has a built-in speaker to deliver louder tones, so it’s even easier to locate.

It still uses Lightning and lacks support for lossless audio. Everything else sounds great, though.

Ish Abazz:

Volume controls on AirPods Pro!

James Thomson:

I will happily pay hundreds of pounds to be able to adjust the volume… Ok, maybe not happily.


Update (2022-09-08): Joe Rossignol:

All four new iPhone 14 models and the second-generation AirPods Pro include support for Bluetooth 5.3, according to Apple’s tech specs for each device, but the status of LE Audio support for the devices remains unclear at this time.


I remember grabbing a refurb Watch 2 and thinking , "Oh wait, now I get it. Apple thinks the digital crown is the volume control for my AirPods!" I also recall a non-Apple-ecosystem AirPods reviewer saying she really disliked how hard it was to change the volume -- while that complaint (imo; maybe it's confirmation bias) didn't surface from reviewers I was pretty sure had Apple Watches.

Did you see how many more "ecosystem combos" popped up yesterday like that? Like needing not just an iPhone but an iPhone a "TrueDepth" camera to get "Personalized Spatial Audio" on your new Pros? Or the way the case needs an iPhone 11+ to be found with precise location. Not a big deal, but my 2022 SE is out of luck. None are huge deals by themselves, but they add up.

Even with volume controls on the Pros and Fitness on your iPhone with no watch, Apple is clever about its ecosystem combos. You might not realize it if you don't have lots of Apple gear, but if you do... or, worse, if you lose one piece... Sneaky.

It's true. Volume control is awesome!

Now, for their next encore, skip back/forward, without Siri ...

@Sebby you’ve always been able to skip forward/back on the pros. Double/triple click the stems.

@Nigel Yep, and it also works with AirPods 3 and (to a lesser extent and depending on how you configure it) with AirPods 1 and 2.

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