AirPods Pro 2 were released back in September, and have been universally praised by reviewers and consumers ever since. With third-party retailers already offering massive discounts, the AirPods Pro 2 are set to be one of the best selling gifts this holiday season. If they aren’t already at the top of your wish list, here’s why I think they should be…
What’s new in AirPods Pro 2?
The original AirPods Pro were released in 2019 and were incredibly impressive. Compared to standard AirPods, they offer a comfortable and versatile in-ear design, improved sound quality, active noise cancellation, Transparency mode, and more. AirPods Pro 2 builds on all of these features with a number of quality of life improvements, as well as a few other additions.
Internally, AirPods Pro 2 are powered by Apple’s latest H2 audio chip. This powers some new features, but one of the biggest things I’ve noticed is improved performance and pairing with my other devices. The original AirPods Pro were very quick and easy to pair, but there are often a few quibbles and connection issues. I have yet to experience anything like this in two months with AirPods Pro 2.
In addition to improvements to connection performance and reliability, the H2 chip in AirPods Pro 2 has many other benefits as well:
- Active Noise Cancellation now cancels up to twice as much noise
- Improve sound quality with the H2 chip, a new low-distortion audio engine, and a dedicated amplifier
- Adaptive Transparency Mode: Reduces loud environmental noises – like the siren of a passing vehicle, construction tools, or even the loudspeakers at a concert – for more comfortable everyday listening
- 1.5 hours of additional listening time over the first generation, for up to six hours with active noise cancellation
- When paired with the charging case, you get up to 30 hours of total listening time with active noise cancellation
Two other big improvements with the AirPods Pro 2 include volume controls on the stem of the first and changes to the charging case. The volume controls on the stem allow you to slide up or down to adjust the volume, so you don’t have to use Siri or the volume buttons on your iPhone to do so.
The new charging case features a built-in speaker and deep integration with the Find My app thanks to the ultra-wide U1 chip inside. This means that it’s now easier to find your AirPods Pro if you lose them, either by using the Find My app’s precision search feature or simply by playing audio through the charging case’s new speaker. The new case also includes a built-in lanyard holder for the first time.
“AirPods for Christmas” takes two
AirPods have always been an incredibly popular holiday gift. Back in 2018, AirPods were all over Christmas. Those who received AirPods as gifts took to social media to brag about their new wireless earbuds, which led to the “AirPods for Christmas” trend on Christmas Day. AirPods have been considered a “status symbol” with people joking that they “somehow rose to higher social classes” because of them.
Since then, AirPods have topped holiday wish lists as well as post-holiday “best sellers” lists every year. Since the original AirPods Pro were released in 2019 and lasted three years between upgrades, there’s a lot of pent-up demand for the new model.
Perhaps most notably, the AirPods Pro 2 are the same price as the first-generation model at $249, despite notable upgrades and broader price increases to everything else in the world. In addition, the AirPods Pro 2 are already seeing massive discounts at third-party retailers. For example, Amazon regularly sells AirPods Pro 2 for $199 — a rare 20% discount on a current generation of Apple products.
With positive reviews, strong sales, and significant quality-of-life improvements like a new charging case and improved battery life, AirPods Pro 2 make an excellent gift whether you’re shopping for a first-time AirPods buyer or someone who already has a first-generation AirPods Pro or another AirPods model.
Are you planning to gift AirPods Pro 2 to someone this year? Are the AirPods Pro 2 high on your holiday wish list? Let us know in the comments.
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