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AirPods vs. AirPods Pro: Check Differences (and Similarities) Between Headphones

The AirPods Pro They are already between us, and past the initial scare with its somewhat salty price (and its design reminiscent of a little game), time to analyze the differences between Ma's new headphones and the "traditional" AirPods.

This is important because the additive "Pro" The recent release does not necessarily mean that the newest product is better in all respects; In some ways, it is simply different and it is your needs that will define which line accessory is most appropriate for you. Let's take a look at the differences (and similarities) between the two, then.


Here's the obvious difference: While ordinary AirPods have their unique long-legged design, with a fairly ?long line?, AirPods Pro are squatter, with smaller (and therefore more discreet) legs. The difference in look extends to the cases: the case of the new flatter and wider headphones to accommodate the different design of the AirPods Pro.


The other clear difference between the products is in the way they fit your ears. Traditional AirPods have what Apple calls a "universal fit," that is, a unique, rigid shape made to fit most human ears comfortably even though this "universal" is a decoy, as I myself could never maintain a stuck to my body for more than 15 seconds (I know I'm in the minority, though).

AirPods Pro, on the other hand, are in-ear: they have silicone tips that go into your ear and provide a much firmer fit. Apple has added to the headphones an air outlet at the bottom, which serves to compensate for the pressure difference that forms inside your ear by fitting the accessory.

It is worth noting that Apple includes in the box of AirPods Pro, three pairs of silicone tips in different sizes; you can test each one to see which one fits your ear best, there is even a software feature on iOS to test if you are using the right size tips.

AirPods Pro Silicone Piece Sizes

Another important point is that the tips of the AirPods Pro attach clips to the main part of the headphones unlike other in-ear headphones, where you need to fit the malevolent little pieces into the solid part (which inevitably leads to drops and losses). Here the process is much friendlier and safer.


In addition to the natural insulation brought about by silicone tips, the AirPods Pro features Active Cancellation of Noises that is, the accessory microphones ?listen? to outside noises and block them often to your ears. With this, you can even be in very noisy environments (like an airplane) listening to your music, video and podcasts without problems.

AirPods Pro Inside View

Obviously, however, the cancellation of noise is not suitable for all times. That's why AirPods Pro also have a Ambient mode; When enabled, it allows external sounds to pass through to the headphones and for you to hear, for example, street noises or the speech of the person you are talking to.

AirPods Pro Controls

You can toggle between Active Noise Canceling and Ambient Mode by pressing the rod of the AirPods Pro because, at a point other than traditional AirPods, the ?little legs? of the new headsets have a pressure sensor designed just for this task (or for control of reproduction and connections).


The audio performance of traditional AirPods is known to just about everyone, even those who have never used Ma headphones: they are competent accessories, capable of delivering good sound reproduction but without any ambition to appeal to audiophiles or reproduce sounds with absolute precision and neutrality. .

AirPods Pro Internal Structure

AirPods Pro, on the other hand, have more aspirations in this field. Apple included in the headphones such a Adaptive Equalization, a technology that adjusts playback to the shape of your ear; we still have one driver high amplitude and low distortion for bass emission. Finally, a dynamic high range amplifier is responsible for delivering high fidelity reproduction without major impacts on the battery.

Of course, we will only have a more concrete idea of ??how good the AirPods Pro is in playing audio when the headphones arrive at the hands of professional testers. At least the promises are very ambitious.


AirPods Pro next to iPhone 11 Pro with volume adjustment

Here, no difference: AirPods Pro have the same H1 chip as the standard headsets in their core. The pairing process is therefore the same, as is integration with Siri and low audio latency in connection with iPhones and other devices.

On the other hand, the system-in-package AirPods Pro (SiP) is also more powerful, with ten cores that are responsible for making all this technology embedded in them work to their satisfaction.


All that is inside the AirPods Pro has a price: their battery capacity is slightly lower compared to their cheaper brothers. While traditional AirPods last up to 5 hours of playback, Ma's new headphones last up to 4 ½ hours; In either case, accessories can last ?more than 24 hours? in Apple's words considering the extra charges on the cases.

Note that if Active Noise Canceling or Ambient Mode is turned off, AirPods Pro can achieve the same 5 hours of AirPods playback. Obviously it makes no sense to buy the Pro model for use with such deactivated modes, but at a time of energy tightening it may be an option.


Unlike regular AirPods, AirPods Pro have a water and sweat resistance certificate to call yours. This is the IPX4, which means the headphones can survive splashing, natural ear sweat or other brief contact with liquids just don't try to swim with them, because that certainly won't work.

Even so, it is worth noting that the "traditional" AirPods were already quite resistant in this regard. So much, I'd say.

Refill Case

We have already said that the case of AirPods Pro is visually different from that of ordinary headphones. Apart from that, there is not much difference in their operation: the top cover has the same hand, the LED that indicates the similar charge level and both have a Lightning port for recharging.

AirPods Pro Case

There is a detail, however: While traditional AirPods are sold in two versions (with a carrying case or wireless carrying case), AirPods Pro will always come with cases that can be recharged wirelessly using, of course, Qi technology.

In addition, Apple now includes a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box of the AirPods Pro.

Price and availability

Here's another important detail: AirPods Pro are significantly more expensive than their proletarian brothers (heh suo proletariat, perhaps). Here in Brazil, the new sairo headphones by R $ 2,250, while traditional AirPods start at $ 1,350; The option with wireless recharge case comes out for $ 1,680.

It is also worth noting that traditional AirPods have been selling here for some time, while AirPods Pro are not yet expected to arrive as they will have to be approved by Anatel.

What about Powerbeats Pro?

Finally, the existence of Powerbeats Pro Apple's subsidiary headphones also feature an in-ear design and H1 chip. Unlike AirPods Pro, however, they do not have active noise cancellation and are inclined for use during sports.

They leave by R $ 2,150, slightly less than the new Apple phones, and may have their share of fans, you can also check out details about them on the Beats page itself and in our comparison with ordinary AirPods.

With all of this in place, we now have to know about you: who wants to leave for AirPods Pro? Leave your opinions below.