New Apple AirPods Pro 2 (2022): release date and specifications
The original headphones were released back in 2019. We tell you how the new model of Apple’s popular TWS headphones turned out
AirPods Pro, which went on sale in late 2019, were chosen by those who lacked the sound quality and functionality of the basic AirPods. “Proshka” received the form of in-ear headphones with silicone ear pads, noise reduction function, new sensors for touch control and a smaller body with wireless charging. At the same time, the price of the novelty at the start was 25% more than the AirPods 2 that were relevant at that time. In 2021, AirPods 3 came out, which outwardly became similar to a “plug”, but the noise reduction function was not added to them.
On September 7, Apple officially showed the updated AirPods Pro 2. The big presentation of new devices began with headphones, leaving the more interesting iPhone 14 to the public at the end of the event.
The headphones received a new H2 audio chip, an improved noise reduction system and an updated housing with a speaker. The appearance of the headphones themselves has remained virtually unchanged. We will tell you in more detail what AirPods Pro 2 are interesting for and whether they are worth buying.
Apple AirPods Pro 2 release date in Russia
Headphones were presented on September 7, and worldwide sales began almost three weeks later (September 23). There were no surprises or lack of devices at the start of sales.
If we talk about the release date of Apple AirPods Pro 2 in Russia, then everything becomes more complicated. The fact is that due to Apple’s sanctions policy, headphones are not officially imported to the territory of the Russian Federation, but they can be purchased from resellers or pre-ordered in communication stores. The first ones appeared almost immediately after the start of global sales, but large retailers so far only accept pre-orders for Apple AirPods Pro 2. At the same time, offline stores note that buyers will be able to get new headphones only at the beginning of 2023. Most likely, sellers of equipment will import Apple AirPods Pro 2 to Russia as part of parallel imports.
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Prices for Apple AirPods Pro 2 in Russia
The cost of the AirPods Pods Pro 2 headphones remained at the level of the first generation model — $ 249. In regions where there are official deliveries of Apple technology, the price of the device corresponds to this price list.
Due to the lack of official deliveries, the price of Apple AirPods Pro 2 in Russia varies markedly. Individuals are ready to sell the novelty to the buyer for 18–25 thousand rubles. At the same time, there is a high chance that you will run into a fake (high-quality replicas are even tested on the official Apple website).
In large chain stores, the price for pre-ordering AirPods Pro 2 in Russia starts from 27 thousand rubles.
Specifications Apple AirPods Pro 2
Apple AirPods Pro 2 headphones remain the most advanced and compact headphones of the American company. Yes, Apple has closed-type AirPods Max, but this is a completely different class of devices — they are used to create, mix and master music.
Apple AirPods Pro 2, powered by the new H2 processor, received improved noise cancellation and spatial audio, new sensors for gesture control and a set of silicone ear tips in four sizes (XS, S, M, L). Also, the headphone case received a small speaker and a hole for attaching a carrying cord (not included).
Despite expert predictionsone, the headphones did not work with the ALAC audio codec, which transmits an uncompressed audio signal — with this technology, music sounds the way the composers wanted. From the old AirPods Pro 2 model, there is also a Lightning connector for charging.
Touch panel for volume control
On the case of the Apple AirPods Pro 2022 headphones, a touch part appeared, by clicking on which you can adjust the sound volume. The thing is quite practical, since before this you had to get a smartphone or use the voice assistant Siri. The sensor is located on the bottom of the headphones, so when you touch the case, the user’s finger immediately lies on the desired area. When the volume is changed, a low notification sound is heard from the earpiece.
The Apple AirPods Pro 2 has slightly changed the way spatial audio works. Now this function works in fixed and non-fixed modes. In the first case, the sound becomes more voluminous and the effect of presence is created. In the second mode, the headphones synchronize the position of the user’s head and “carry” the sound in the headphones in different directions. For example, after turning from the smartphone screen to the right, the sound in the left earpiece will increase, and in the other, on the contrary, it will become quieter.
For this mode to work properly, the user will need to scan the head through the iPhone’s camera in Settings. Both surround modes work with both audio and video content.
Case with speaker
The Apple AirPods Pro 2 case has a miniature speaker to which you can send an audio signal in case of loss. A similar system is implemented in Apple tags called AirTag.
Adjustable noise reduction system and “transparency”
The original Apple AirPods Pro have a noise canceling system that limits unwanted sounds from the surrounding area. It works like this:
The microphone inside the earpiece constantly picks up extraneous sounds and transmits them to the device’s processor;
The processor creates sound waves that block out noise and sends them to the speaker of the earphone (while it retains the sounds of speech or music played from the phone).
Thus, extraneous sounds simply do not have time to reach the user. In this case, the noise reduction mode can be either turned on or off.
The AirPods Pro 2 features a new H2 processor that improves noise cancellation over the previous model. The second version of AirPods Pro can scan sound from microphones faster and cut unwanted sounds better.
Better in AirPods Pro 2, the “transparency” mode also began to work. In it, the headphone processor cuts off “garbage” sounds like the noise of a perforator, but does not dampen useful ones (for example, the interlocutor’s speech). This function is used in cases where, in addition to music, you need to hear what is happening around. Curiously, too loud external sounds in the “transparency” mode are automatically “averaged” so as not to frighten the AirPods Pro 2 user with noise.
Reviews about AirPods Pro (2022) in the media
Nikita Goryainov, iPhones.Ru2:
“I don’t regret that I bought it … I couldn’t switch to the old firmware, because the sound quality was no longer satisfied. You quickly get used to good things. Now the sound is better, noise reduction too. Nothing to complain about. Of course, this is not ideal in absolutely all categories … But by the standards of 2022, the new AirPods Pro are really very good. And the standards, let me remind you, are now very high. So I’m happy, these are now my main headphones.
Sergey Kuzmin, Wylsa.Com3:
“I’ll say one thing: running straight for Pro 2 with all your might, if you have regular Pros, there’s no point. Of all the new features, I liked the volume control the most. Everything else does not affect the operating experience too much. In general, in everyday life I carry AirPods 3 with me as the most convenient and suitable for me personally for most situations, and AirPods Pro for noisy places. Great kit, works great, you can not even think about replacing for a few more years. ”
Roman Miroshnichenko, Yablyk.Comfour:
“Although the changes seem few, they are spotty. The engineers improved the already successful product for the better.”
Max Varlamov, Rozetked.Me5:
“It’s worth upgrading anyway. With the first and second AirPods, everything is clear, they are obsolete. For fans of the in-ear form factor, AirPods 3 will be ideal, but for the sake of noise reduction and the ecosystem, you should take AirPods Pro 2, you can forget about the first generation.
Anastasia Makarova, Hi-Tech@Mail.Ru6:
“The first generation of AirPods Pro should not be discounted. They are still more than relevant. At the same time, AirPods Pro 2 have become much better, retaining their beloved form factor and design. Sound, transparency mode, noise reduction — anyone will notice the difference here.
Apple AirPods Pro 2 turned out to be interesting, but not breakthrough in technology. Headphones never got the opportunity to work with the ALAC codec, which could take them to a new level of sound reproduction.
The model, of course, has become more convenient due to the volume switch sensor. Users will also be interested in the ability to fine-tune the noise reduction and surround sound modes.