Powering the Pro is a new H2 chip claimed to deliver clearer sound and richer bass through low-distortion drivers and a custom amplifier. It also enables a new Adaptive Transparency feature that uses on-device processing to reduce loud environmental noise while still letting ambient noise and voices through. On top of this, H2’s new computational abilities and optimized microphone positioning allow the Pro’s active noise cancellation to tune out up to double the noise compared to their predecessors.
Spatial audio is another area where the AirPods Pro 2 sees big improvements. A cool new feature, Personalized Spatial Audio, allows you to use the True Depth camera on a Face ID-equipped iPhone to map the shape and size of your head and ears to make for a more immersive listening experience. Users have a new way of interacting with the AirPods Pro 2 – the divots in the stems now support swiping movements for volume adjustments. There’s also an improved skin detection sensor to pause and play music more accurately, improving battery life.
Speaking of which, the AirPods Pro 2 deliver six hours of listening with ANC turned on – one and a half hours longer than before. This expands to 30 hours with the case included.