Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones are getting a major update with the AirPods Pro: a smaller set of headphones with water resistance, active noise cancellation, and new touch functionality that enables users to interact with their phone through the headphones.
The cost is $250 — a $90 jump over the base price of AirPods.
There are a few main features of the new AirPods Pro that make them better than their predecessors:
A major new design: The headphones now have shorter stems and rubber tips that help the headphones stay in your ears.
The stems now have touch functionality called a “force sensor”: “The force sensor makes it easy to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls,” according to Apple.
Noise cancellation: Apple calls it “active noise cancellation” because the headphones aren’t just sealing out the outside world — they’re also actively pushing back. “Noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second,” Apple says of the functionality.
Water resistance: Apple says that “AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant for non-water sports and exercise and have a rating of IPX4 under IEC standard 60529.”