Apple unveiled the latest generation of its flagship earbuds, AirPods Pro, on Monday, October 28. Apart from the increased price tag, the new in-ear design and the wider charging case, the biggest change is by far the active noise cancellation. Finally we can listen to AirPods in an airplane, walking along a busy road, everywhere with a lot of noise pollution. But how does it work?
First, we only deal with how to operate this function on an iPhone. Apple only mentions AirPods Pro compatibility with its own products – including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV – without mentioning Android or PC. Until we can properly investigate how AirPods Pro works with non-Apple devices and how settings such as Active Noise Reduction on those devices work, we must adhere to Apple's ecosystem.
Let's see what's going on in Apple & # 39; s new noise reduction on AirPods Pro. This is Apple & # 39; s feature overview:
Active noise reduction on AirPods Pro uses two microphones in combination with advanced software to continuously adjust to each ear and headphone. This eliminates background noise to provide a uniquely customized, superior noise reduction experience that allows a user to focus on what he is listening to – whether it's a favorite song or a phone call.
The first microphone faces outwards and detects external sound to analyze ambient noise. AirPods Pro then creates an equivalent anti-noise that cancels out background noise before it reaches the listener's ear. A second inward-facing microphone listens to the ear and AirPods Pro cancels the remaining sound detected by the microphone. Noise reduction adjusts the audio signal 200 times per second.
In addition to active noise reduction, AirPods Pro offers an option called "Transparency". Transparency is almost the opposite of active noise reduction: instead of blocking the world, Transparency invites those sounds so that you can listen to your iPhone and at the same time keep track of what is happening around you:
Transparency mode offers users the opportunity option to listen to music at the same time and still hear the environment around them, whether it is to hear traffic during a ride or an important train announcement while commuting in the morning. With the help of the pressure equalization ventilation system and advanced software that keeps just the right amount of noise suppression active, the transparency mode ensures that a user's voice sounds natural while the audio continues to play perfectly.
You need to run iOS 13.2
Before you view the noise reduction methods below, you know that your iPhone must run on iOS 13.2 before you can even use AirPods Pro at all. If the $ 250 you spent on AirPods Pro is not enough motivation to update, know that 13.2 comes with more than 70 new emoji & # 39; s; Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max; and announce messages with Siri, in addition to 19 other important functions and changes:
Method 1: From the AirPod itself
AirPods Pro are actually pressure sensitive. The quickest way to switch between active noise reduction and transparency is to pinch one of the AirPods' stems. You will hear a sound indicating that you have successfully changed audio mode. You hear this audio signal when you enable one of these functions, not only with this method.
Method 2: From the Control Center
If you work on your iPhone, you can quickly activate active noise cancellation from the Control Center. Open Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the device (Face ID models) or swiping up from the bottom of the screen (Home button models) and then 3D Touch or long press the volume slider.
Find your active noise reduction options in a bar at the bottom of the screen. Tap "Noise Reduction" on the left to enable the function. Tap that option to move to & # 39; Transparency & # 39; to switch. To disable both options, tap "Off" in the middle.
You will find the same control bar in the Settings app. While your AirPods Pro is connected, go to Settings -> Bluetooth and tap the "i" next to your AirPods Pro. The relevant institutions can be found under Noise Control .
Method 4: Apple Watch
If you have a connected Apple Watch, you can activate active noise cancellation from your pulse. While the music is playing, tap the AirPlay button and you will find the same options that you see on the iPhone.