While the new iPhone 15 and new Apple Watches got most of the attention at the launch event, Apple also introduced the AirPods Pro (second generation) with the MagSafe Charging Case with USB-C.
With updated case with USB-C, this means users can charge their AirPods Pro with the cable that will be included with the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max which now also include a USB-C connector.
The new AirPods Pro earbuds also have an improved IP54 rating for durability which adds resistance to dust along with existing resistance to sweat and rain.
AirPods Pro (second generation), including current models with the Lightning charging case, will receive some impressive new updates when iOS 17 is released for iPhones this week.
These include Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness and Personalised Volume.
Adaptive Audio is a new listening mode which can give you the best of Transparency Mode and Active Noise Cancellation based on your surroundings.
Advanced computational audio can turn down annoying noises like chatter at a café and the sound of a vacuum cleaner while letting sounds like a car horn or airport announcements.
Conversation Awareness kicks in when you start talking.
Imagine you’re listening to music and bump into a friend, as soon as you say hello the music volume is pulled right down while enhancing the voice of the person you’re talking to while also reducing the background noise.
And as soon as the conversation is over your music and listening mode automatically resumes.
Personalised Volume uses machine learning to take note of your volume preferences while assessing the environmental conditions to deliver the ideal volume for your content without you lifting a finger.
AirPods Pro (second generation) will also enable Loss Audio with low latency when paired with Apple’s Vision Pro.
The AirPods Pro and Vision Pro both have H2 chips to allow for this wireless audio protocol that delivers 20-bit, 48kHz lossless audio while dramatically reducing latency.
The AirPods Pro (second generation) with MagSafe Charging Case USB-C go on sale on September 22 and will be priced at $399.
* Stephen Fenech travelled to the Apple event in Cupertino as a guest of Apple