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
New Apple AirPods Pro 2 (2022): release date and specifications
Apple Air­Pods Pro. Pho­to: youtube.com/ZONEofTECH

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).

AirPods Pro 2. Photo: apple.com
Air­Pods Pro 2. Pho­to: apple.com

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.

Touch control system.  Screenshot youtube.com/Apple
Touch con­trol sys­tem. Screen­shot youtube.com/Apple

Spatial Audio

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.

The AirPods Pro 2 comes with a speaker.  Screenshot youtube.com/Apple
The Air­Pods Pro 2 comes with a speak­er. Screen­shot youtube.com/Apple

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:

  1. The micro­phone inside the ear­piece con­stant­ly picks up extra­ne­ous sounds and trans­mits them to the device’s proces­sor;
  2. 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.

Advanced noise reduction system.  Screenshot youtube.com/Apple
Advanced noise reduc­tion sys­tem. Screen­shot youtube.com/Apple

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.



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