Apple Watch watchOS 6.1 arrives

Ruben Fields
October 31, 2019

Earlier today, I popped in a set of Apple AirPods, jumped onto an uptown 6 train, and began a short journey to our NY office.

If you're deciding between the AirPods and AirPods Pro, your choice will boil down to how important features like noise cancellation and wireless charging are to you. Apple also said the AirPods Pro are sweat and water resistant. AirPods Pro, meanwhile, are available to order now. Pushed out today, this new version brings watchOS 6 to Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 owners, an impressive feat given that now means nearly all generations of the wearable are compatible with the latest software.

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The AirPods Pro features a new class of lightweight, in-ear headphones engineered for comfort and fit. The earbuds now come with three sizes of silicone tips, so you can find the right fit for your ear. To further maximise comfort, AirPods Pro use an innovative vent system to equalise pressure, minimising the discomfort common in other in-ear designs. That would be a pretty apt description of any of my daily commutes to work, but today was different: Because I was using the new AirPods Pro, I didn't have to dial up the volume dangerously high to hear my music over the din. This removes background noise to provide a uniquely customised, superior noise-cancelling experience that allows a user to focus on what they're listening to - whether it's a favourite song or a phone conversation. AirPods Pro use two microphones, an outward-facing microphone and an inward-facing microphone, to create superior noise cancellation. This nifty little piece of tech molds the sound of your tunes to you, tuning low and mid frequencies to the shape of your own ear to boost the quality and richness of the audio on offer. Apple's AirPods Pro have nearly identical features, thanks to the integration of its own voice assistant, Siri. The H1 features 10 audio cores and powers everything from sound to Siri. Some new true wireless ear buds with active noise-cancelling, such as the Master & Dynamic MW07 ($300), deliver significantly better battery life. The AirPods Pro offer 4.5 hours of listening time on one charge, though, while the previous model offers five hours.

The $249 price tag includes a wireless charging case, which charges on any Qi-compatible charging mat.

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