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I've been using Apple's new AirPods Pro to see if they live up to the hype, and the verdict is a resounding yes — here's why

Business Insider Logo By Lisa Eadicicco of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 6: 
  
    Apple's
    AirPods
    Pro improve on the regular model in important ways, by
    adding features like noise cancellation, sweat and water
    resistance, and ear tips in different sizes.
  
  The sound quality has also gotten an upgrade, although they
  still don't sound quite as rich and vibrant as Sony's wireless
  earbuds.
  
  Still, that's a trade-off that may be worth the convenience
  that comes with AirPods' tight integration with the iPhone's
  software. And with the AirPods Pro, there are even fewer such
  compromises now that they support noise cancellation.
  
  The ease and simplicity of connecting your AirPods Pro with
  your iPhone is still one of its standout features. But it would
  be useful to see Apple extend this to the Mac too.
  
  
    Visit Business
    Insider's homepage for more stories.
  

  Apple's AirPods have been a runaway success since their 2016
  launch, with estimates from 
  Counterpoint Research indicating that Apple owns the majority
  of the wireless earbud industry. 

  On October 28, Apple finally launched the true successor to the
  original AirPods - the AirPods Pro. The new $250 headphones offer
  critical features that Apple's headphones were previously
  missing, like noise cancellation, sweat and water resistance, and
  ear tips in different sizes. Even though they're priced at $250,
  you can grab them for a $14 discount at 
  Amazon. 

  They've been on store shelves since October 30, and are being
  offered right alongside the 
  standard, non-Pro second-generation AirPods that Apple launched
  earlier this year. Those AirPods are certainly better than
  the first-generation model that first launched in 2016, but still
  lack the new stuff that makes the AirPods Pro so great.

  The AirPods Pro have only been available for less than a month,
  but they already seem to be a hit. Apple is ramping up production
  to keep up with demand, according to 
  Nikkei Asian Review, which reports that the company has
  increased monthly orders from one million to two million. Apple
  is also expected to double its AirPods shipments in 2019 to 60
  million thanks to demand for the AirPods Pro, according to
  
  Bloomberg.  

  I've been using the AirPods Pro for the past several weeks, and
  it's clear that they're a major improvement over the original.
  The noise cancellation alone makes the AirPods Pro worth
  considering for those thinking about upgrading the
  first-generation AirPods they've been hanging on to. The sound
  quality has also gotten an upgrade, making them stronger
  competitors to rivals like Sony, and a compelling choice over the
  slightly cheaper Beats Powerbeats Pro.

  Here's a closer look at what it's been like to use them.

  • Apple's AirPods Pro improve on the regular model in important ways, by adding features like noise cancellation, sweat and water resistance, and ear tips in different sizes.
  • The sound quality has also gotten an upgrade, although they still don't sound quite as rich and vibrant as Sony's wireless earbuds.
  • Still, that's a trade-off that may be worth the convenience that comes with AirPods' tight integration with the iPhone's software. And with the AirPods Pro, there are even fewer such compromises now that they support noise cancellation.
  • The ease and simplicity of connecting your AirPods Pro with your iPhone is still one of its standout features. But it would be useful to see Apple extend this to the Mac too.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Apple's AirPods have been a runaway success since their 2016 launch, with estimates from Counterpoint Research indicating that Apple owns the majority of the wireless earbud industry.

On October 28, Apple finally launched the true successor to the original AirPods - the AirPods Pro. The new £250 headphones offer critical features that Apple's headphones were previously missing, like noise cancellation, sweat and water resistance, and ear tips in different sizes. Even though they're priced at £250, you can grab them for a £14 discount at Amazon.

They've been on store shelves since October 30, and are being offered right alongside the standard, non-Pro second-generation AirPods that Apple launched earlier this year. Those AirPods are certainly better than the first-generation model that first launched in 2016, but still lack the new stuff that makes the AirPods Pro so great.

The AirPods Pro have only been available for less than a month, but they already seem to be a hit. Apple is ramping up production to keep up with demand, according to Nikkei Asian Review, which reports that the company has increased monthly orders from one million to two million. Apple is also expected to double its AirPods shipments in 2019 to 60 million thanks to demand for the AirPods Pro, according to Bloomberg.

I've been using the AirPods Pro for the past several weeks, and it's clear that they're a major improvement over the original. The noise cancellation alone makes the AirPods Pro worth considering for those thinking about upgrading the first-generation AirPods they've been hanging on to. The sound quality has also gotten an upgrade, making them stronger competitors to rivals like Sony, and a compelling choice over the slightly cheaper Beats Powerbeats Pro.

Here's a closer look at what it's been like to use them.

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