AirPods Pro: Buy now or wait?

AirPods Pro: Buy now or wait?

The AirPods Pro was last updated in October 2019. […]

The AirPods are among Apple’s most successful products of all time. Although Apple does not report sales figures, it is estimated that the sale of the AirPods brought in $ 12 billion in revenue in 2020. This is a Fortune 500 company in itself and more revenue than Nvidia, AMD, Spotify or Twitter. The middle child of the lineup is now the AirPods Pro, which is between the standard AirPods and the AirPods Max in price and performance.

Is this the right time to buy the AirPods Pro or will you be disappointed when a new model comes out in a few weeks? Here you can find out what we know and what we recommend.

AirPods Pro: prices and specifications

Last updated: October 2019

Apple first released the AirPods Pro in October 2019 at a price of 279 euros. Since then, there have been no updated versions of the hardware and no change in price.

In our review of the AirPods Pro, we found it to be an exceptional product, with a better design and fit than the standard AirPods, slightly better sound quality and excellent active noise cancellation. In iOS 14, Apple added Spatial Audio for supported video types, and then extended the feature to Apple Music in iOS 14.6, although that’s supported by all headphones, not just the AirPods Pro.

While the AirPods Pro have not fallen in price, they are often offered for less than 200 euros. The AirPods Pro were hard to find at first and not available for weeks, but today they are readily available.

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro (c) Apple

AirPods Pro: Why You Should Buy

The AirPods Pro are a big step forward compared to the regular AirPods. The shorter stems and rubberized tips provide a more comfortable fit and a better seal that improves sound quality (especially in the bass range). Noise cancellation is exceptional for such tiny earbuds, and transparency mode is among the best you can find anywhere.

Many of the best iOS features of the AirPods only work with the AirPods Pro. Spatial Audio in Apple Music works on all headphones, but activating the sound in videos requires AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. With iOS 15, you get advanced “Find My” support, along with Spatial Audio on Apple TV or M1-based Macs. Since they are now quite easy to find under 200 euros, you can recommend them very well.

AirPods Pro: Why You Should Wait

The only reason not to get the AirPods Pro right away would be if something really better came around the corner. The latest rumors say that the AirPods Pro should not receive an update until 2022. According to reports, the next generation of earplugs could be dramatically different, with a design that sits flush in the ear and brings new health and fitness features.

For the regular AirPods, an earlier update is due; rumors of a third generation of AirPods have been around for over a year. Every time we hear that they are to be announced, they are not announced. The latest rumors say that these new AirPods could appear before the end of 2021 and should come in a shorter, wider case and have shorter stems, along with redesigned buds that are broadly similar to the AirPods Pro.

Macworld recommends: BUY

We think if you want some AirPods, the AirPods Pro are the best purchase at the moment. The new 3rd generation AirPods Pro, in case they appear towards the end of 2021, are unlikely to have all the features of the AirPods Pro, including noise cancellation. And with an expected price of at least 179 euros and probably limited sales in the first few months, you don’t really pay much more to buy the AirPods Pro now.

AirPods Pro are pretty easy to find for less than 200 euros. In the Apple Store they almost always cost 279 euros, but at the time of this article they cost only 194 euros on Amazon. At this price, and given that a new generation of AirPods Pro is unlikely to arrive before 2022, now is a good time to get in.

* Jason Cross has been writing professionally about technology for over 20 years. His goal is to find out how complicated technology works and explain it so that everyone can understand it.

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