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 the AirPods Pro. The second-gen AirPods Pro will launch on September 23rd for $249.99 and are available to preorder now. Apple will continue to sell the entry-level AirPods at their original price of $179; however, it appears Apple is discontinuing the original AirPods Pro with the release of the second-gen model.
Not much has changed aesthetically from the previous iteration of the AirPods Pro, with the new model donning the same pearly white exterior as the original model from 2019. The noise-canceling earbuds also retain the MagSafe-compatible charging case Apple introduced last year. But Apple has made some interesting changes to the hardware that make the second-gen AirPods Pro the company’s most impressive earbuds to date.
Starting with the 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 allows for an improved Adaptive Transparency mode, better noise cancellation, and swipe controls on the stems for controlling playback. Both the earbuds and Apple’s new Find My-ready charging case are also equipped with built-in speakers to let you know where they are if you’ve misplaced them.
We haven’t had a chance to put Apple’s new AirPods Pro fully through their paces, but you can check out our initial hands-on impressions of the new earbuds here.
How to preorder the second-gen AirPods Pro
The second-gen AirPods Pro buds are available to preorder now for $249.99. The original AirPods Pro were priced at $249 at launch but have now been replaced by their second-gen counterparts on the Apple website. Other retailers, however, are still selling the previous model for less than $180, including Amazon and Walmart.
If you’re considering upgrading to the new AirPods Pro ahead of their official launch on September 23rd, you can preorder them ahead of release directly from Apple, as well as Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. Keep in mind, however, that Apple is the only retailer that allows you to personalize the MagSafe charging case with an engraving.
Apple’s latest AirPods Pro take after the last-gen model but include swipe controls and a new H2 chip that allows for improved noise cancellation. They also come with a water-resistant charging case that offers support for Apple’s robust Find My network.
Update September 9th, 11:49AM ET: Added preorder details and links for purchasing the second-gen AirPods Pro at Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.