How to Buy Replacement AirPods Pro Ear Tips

AirPods Pro sport an all-new in-ear design with three sizes of soft, flexible silicone tips included in the box, including small, medium, and large. Apple does not sell the ear tips directly, but if you happen to lose them, replacements are available for $3.95 per pair through the company's support channels.

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There are multiple ways to obtain replacement AirPods Pro ear tips, including ordering them online, contacting Apple by phone or online chat, or booking an appointment with a Genius Bar at an Apple Store:
  1. Navigate to getsupport.apple.com.
  2. Select AirPods.
  3. Select Lost or Missing AirPods.
  4. Select Replace your AirPods Pro ear tips.
  5. Choose from one of four options: Order Replacements for online ordering, Chat for online chat, Talk to Apple Support Now for a phone call, or Make an Appointment at a Store for a Genius Bar appointment.
If you choose the Order Replacements option, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID email address and password and complete two-factor authentication if necessary. Then you will be presented with a list of your Apple products. If your AirPods Pro are not shown, enter their serial number at the bottom of the page and select Continue. On the next page, select a size of ear tips, and hit Continue once more. The total cost comes to $3.95 plus tax per pair, including shipping, with payment collected online.


If you choose the Chat option, you will be prompted to enter your first name, last name, and email address. You will then join an online chat with an Apple support specialist who can assist you with obtaining replacement AirPods Pro ear tips.

If you choose the Talk to Apple Support Now option, you will be prompted to enter your first name, last name, email address, and phone number. Within a few minutes, you should receive a phone call from an Apple support specialist who can assist you with obtaining replacement AirPods Pro ear tips.

If you choose the Make an Appointment at a Store option, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID email address and password and complete two-factor authentication if necessary. After entering your location, select an Apple Store from the list and confirm an appointment time. Apple requests bringing a valid government-issued photo ID to your appointment for verification.

Apple says replacement AirPods Pro ear tips take 3-5 business days to arrive. If you need them sooner, opt for a Genius Bar appointment. The replacement tips only come in the one size you select, so choose carefully.

Pricing and replacement methods vary outside of the United States.

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ColorWare Now Offering Custom-Painted AirPods Pro, Pricing Starts at $389

ColorWare, a company that designs custom-painted Apple products, today began offering custom-painted versions of the AirPods Pro, a little over a week after the AirPods Pro first debuted.

ColorWare is offering the ‌AirPods Pro‌ in dozens of custom colors, ranging from solids to metallics in all colors of the rainbow. Jet black gloss, deep purple, yellow, orange, red, gold, silver, and more are options.


Each AirPod Pro earbud can be painted in a different shade, and the Wireless Charging Case can also be painted in a unique color. Users can choose between a matte or gloss finish.


A custom version of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ will cost $389, which is a $139 premium over the base $250 price tag. Customizing the ‌AirPods Pro‌ case as well costs an additional $50, for a total of $439.


ColorWare is using Apple's base ‌AirPods Pro‌ for the customization, so these have all of the standard features of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ such as Active Noise Cancellation, Adaptive EQ, and more, with no change in functionality due to the painting.


To create ‌AirPods Pro‌ in custom colors, ColorWare disassembles them and then carefully custom paints each individual component. There is, unfortunately, no option for sending in existing AirPods.


All ColorWare work is guaranteed for 12 months, and 24 months with the purchase of an additional warranty. Returns are available for the first 30 days but are subject to a 25 percent restocking fee.

Custom ‌AirPods Pro‌ can be ordered from the ColorWare website starting today and will ship out in approximately three to four weeks. ColorWare also makes custom-painted AirPods 2 and other Apple products like the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2.

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Top 14 AirPods Pro Tips and Tricks

Apple in October 2019 debuted the AirPods Pro, a new higher-end version of its existing AirPods with an updated design, noise cancellation technology, a customizable fit with silicone ear tips, and a more expensive $249 price tag.

In this guide, we've collected 12 of our favorite ‌AirPods Pro‌ tips to help you get the most out of Apple's latest and greatest wireless earbuds. Check out our video, keep reading, and you might well discover a new trick or two.

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1. Take Out Your ‌AirPods Pro‌ the Right Way


Have you found yourself getting frustrated trying to wrestle each AirPod Pro out of the case? Well, we're here to tell you "you're holding it wrong."

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Apple has designed them in such a way that you simply have to push on the back of each earbud and it will swivel right out between your thumb and forefinger.

2. Enable Noise Cancellation for Better Audio


‌AirPods Pro‌ are Apple's first in-ear headphones with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which adapts to the shape of your ear and blocks out the outside world so you can focus on what you're listening to.

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ANC relies on a feature called Ambient EQ, which Apple says adjusts the sound signal 200 times a second to optimize audio for your specific ear shape through the use of an internal-facing microphone.

When you turn off noise cancellation, Ambient EQ is also disabled, meaning sound quality is slightly degraded. So for the best Airpods Pro audio experience, it's better to keep noise cancellation on. By default, pressing and holding either AirPod Pro stem will cycle between Noise Cancellation and Transparency, or you can control the noise functions on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Open Control Center on your iOS device.
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  2. Press and hold the Control Center volume bar (a pair of earbuds will be visible inside of it to indicate the ‌AirPods Pro‌ are connected.)

  3. Tap Noise Cancellation in the strip at the bottom of the screen.
You can also control Noise Control functions by going to Settings -> Bluetooth and tapping the information icon (the circled "i") next to your ‌AirPods Pro‌. And if you've got your ‌AirPods‌ connected to a Mac running macOS Catalina, you can control it from the volume icon in the menu bar.

3. Tap to Check Wireless Charge Status


‌AirPods Pro‌ come with a wireless charging case, and you can charge it on most Qi-compatible third-party charging mats. The case also includes a neat new function for checking its charging status at any time.

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  1. Place the charging case face up on a charging mat – the light will turn on for a few seconds, then turn off as it starts to charge.

  2. To check the charging status at any time, tap the case with your finger to make the light come on.

  3. Take notice of the light's color: An amber light means it's still charging, and green means it's fully charged.

4. Activate Noise Cancellation on One AirPod


You can use noise cancellation when using only one AirPod Pro, which is useful if you like to take calls using just the one earbud.

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  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or ‌iPad‌.

  2. Tap Accessibility -> ‌AirPods‌.

  3. Tap the toggle next to Noise Cancellation on One AirPod.

5. Access Noise Controls via Apple Watch


Most Airpods Pro users will know they can flip between the noise control features or turn them off entirely from iPhone's Control Center. It's less well-known that you can access the same functions on ‌Apple Watch‌, too.

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  1. Make sure your Airpods Pro are connected to your iPhone and audio is playing.

  2. Raise your wrist to wake your ‌Apple Watch‌.

  3. On the Now Playing screen, tap the icon with the triangle and three circles in the lower left corner.

  4. Tap your ‌AirPods Pro‌ in the list.

6. Use ‌AirPods Pro‌ as a Remote Mic


‌AirPods Pro‌ support Apple's Live Listen feature, which uses your iPhone as a microphone and relays what the iPhone picks up to the earbuds, even if the ‌AirPods‌ are in another room.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

  2. Select Control Center -> Customize Controls.

  3. Tap the "+" button next to Hearing.
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  4. Launch Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen (on iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen).

  5. Tap the Hearing icon.

  6. Tap Live Listen.

  7. Place your iPhone close to the person(s) you want to hear...
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7. Share Audio Between Two Pairs of ‌AirPods‌


If you're running iOS 13.1 or later, Apple's Audio Sharing feature lets you share your device's Bluetooth audio with a second pair of ‌AirPods‌, so two of you can listen to music together while running, or enjoy a movie on a plane without disturbing those around you.

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  1. With your ‌AirPods‌ on, start playing audio on your iPhone or ‌iPad‌.

  2. Launch Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen or up from the Home button on devices with a Home button.

  3. In Control Center's audio playback controls, tap the icon with the triangle and three circles.

  4. Bring your friend's ‌AirPods‌ inside their case close to your device and flip the lid open.

  5. You should see a prompt on your device's screen offering to Share Audio with the second pair of ‌AirPods‌.

8. Use One AirPod to Extend Listening Time


‌AirPods Pro‌ offer excellent stereo audio output, but Apple has designed the wireless Bluetooth earphones so that you can also use them one at a time.


  1. Insert one AirPod in your preferred ear and leave the other AirPod in the charging case – the H1 chip will automatically detect which one is in use.

  2. When you hear the low battery tone from the AirPod you're wearing, swap it out with the fully charged one in your Charging Case.

  3. Keep switching between them like this to continue listening for as long as your Charging Case has juice.
Note that when you use just a single left or single right AirPod, stereo signals are automatically converted to mono output, so you won't miss a thing.

9. Adjust Force Sensor Duration


If you're having difficulty engaging the ‌AirPods‌' Force sensor by squeezing it between your fingers, try adjusting the duration to see if it makes it any easier.

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  1. Launch the Settings app on your connected device.

  2. Select Accessibility -> ‌AirPods‌.

  3. Under "Press and Hold Duration," select Default, Short or Shorter.

10. Change ‌AirPods‌ Press Speed


The controls on ‌AirPods Pro‌ allow you to press once to play, pause or answer a phone call, press twice to skip forwards, and press three times to skip backwards. Like the press-and-hold gesture, if you're having trouble engaging these functions then you can adjust the press speed to make it slower.

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  1. Launch the Settings app on your connected device.

  2. Select Accessibility -> ‌AirPods‌.

  3. Under "Press Speed," select Default, Slow, or Slowest.

11. Find Your Misplaced or Lost ‌AirPods Pro‌


If you lose or misplace your ‌AirPods Pro‌, you can find their last known location in the Find My app.

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  1. Open ‌Find My‌ app on your iOS device (or access it in any browser via iCloud.com).

  2. Tap the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap your Airpods Pro in the list.
  4. Tap Play Sound if you're fairly sure your AirPod(s) are somewhere within earshot. If you don't know where you lost your AirPod(s), the last place they were connected will be shown on the map – tap Directions to get directions to the last known location.

12. Have ‌AirPods Pro‌ Announce Your Calls


If you receive a call on your iPhone (or an ‌Apple Watch‌ with cellular) when your Airpods Pro are connected, the ringing tone will interrupt whatever it is you're listening to.

To find out who's calling, normally you'd have to take out your iPhone or look at your ‌Apple Watch‌, but you can have Siri announce who it is over your ‌AirPods‌, saving you the trouble.

  1. On your iPhone, launch the Settings app.

  2. Tap Phone in the list.
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  3. Tap Announce Calls under the Calls heading.

  4. Tap Headphones Only so that a tick appears alongside the option.

13. Check ‌AirPods‌ Battery Life


You can check the charge status of your ‌AirPods‌ using the Batteries widget in your iPhone's Today View, but when you're wearing your ‌AirPods‌, just ask ‌Siri‌ "How is my ‌AirPods‌' battery?" and you'll get an individual percentage level for each earbud. If you just opened your charging case, you'll get a percentage for that too.


You can also check the battery level of your ‌AirPods‌ from ‌Apple Watch‌, whether they're paired with your iPhone or directly with your watch. To do so, swipe up on a watch face or when in an app to bring up Control Center, then tap the ‌Apple Watch‌ battery icon, indicated by a percentage.

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Your ‌AirPods‌' battery level will be displayed as a ring below the ‌Apple Watch‌ battery percentage, and if you place an AirPod in its charging case, you'll see individual percentage charges for the lot.

14. Reset Your ‌AirPods Pro‌


If your ‌AirPods‌ aren't working as they should be – if you can't connect to them or if they won't charge, for example – you can reset them by following these steps.

  1. Put your ‌AirPods‌ in their case and close the lid.

  2. Wait 30 seconds, then open the lid.
  3. On your iOS device, go to Settings -> Bluetooth and tap the circled "i" icon next to your ‌AirPods‌.
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  4. Tap Forget This Device, and tap again to confirm.

  5. With the ‌AirPods‌ case lid open, press and hold the button on the back of the case for about 15 seconds until you see the status light flashing amber.
    AirPods pro
  6. With the case lid open, place your ‌AirPods‌ close to your device and follow the steps on your device's screen to reconnect your ‌AirPods‌.
Got any more ‌AirPods‌ tips or tricks we've not covered here? Let us know in the comments below.

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AirPods Pro vs Powerbeats Pro

Apple in late October 2019 surprised us with an upgraded version of the AirPods called the AirPods Pro, which feature Active Noise Cancellation, superior sound quality, and an all-new design.

Apple's ‌AirPods Pro‌ are its second set of headphones to feature the "Pro" moniker, following the Beats-branded Powerbeats Pro earbuds that Apple released back in April 2019. In this guide, we'll go over all of the differences between the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the Powerbeats Pro.

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‌AirPods Pro‌ Design vs. PowerBeats Pro Design


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ are designed for casual use, while the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are aimed specifically at those who are using them for workouts like running, biking, and trips to the gym.

Design wise, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ look similar to the ‌AirPods‌ 2 but with a much shorter stem and a tweaked body design that incorporates flexible silicone ear tips, a first for the ‌AirPods‌ line. The silicone ear tips snap right onto the base of the ‌AirPods Pro‌, allowing for a comfortable fit and Active Noise Cancellation technology.


Apple designed the silicone tips of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ to ensure a comfortable fit in most ears, with the design aimed at conforming to the contours of each individual ear for a superior seal.

‌AirPods Pro‌ have also been designed with what Apple is calling an "innovative vent system" that's meant to equalize pressure within the ear to minimize discomfort that's common in other in-ear designs.


Apple says that ‌AirPods Pro‌ will make you feel like there's nothing in your ears, and in testing, we have found the ‌AirPods Pro‌ to be more comfortable than the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, especially over long periods of use.

The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ also use silicone ear tips much like the ‌AirPods Pro‌, but they're designed for fitness, also incorporating earhooks that fit over the ears to secure them in place.

‌Powerbeats Pro‌ come with four tip sizes, rather than three, also offering a customized fit for each user. ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ are meant to stay in the ears during vigorous activity, and Apple says that it tested over 20 designs before settling on the current design that fits most people.


‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ both come in charging cases. The ‌AirPods Pro‌ charging case is larger than the charging case for the ‌AirPods‌ 2, but it's still quite a lot smaller than the case for the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, which is huge.


The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ clamshell-style case is much larger because it has to incorporate the earhooks, which makes it almost unpocketable. The ‌AirPods Pro‌ case fits comfortably in a pocket.

Active Noise Cancellation


One of the key features of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ is Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and this marks the first time that Apple has built ANC technology into earbuds. The feature has been previously used in over-ear Beats headphones, but not earbuds, including the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌.

The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ have silicone ear tips and offer noise isolation properties, but noise isolation is nowhere near as powerful as Active Noise Cancellation.


ANC uses two microphones and Apple's software algorithms to adapt sound to each user's ears. One microphone is outward-facing and designed to detect external sound to let the ‌AirPods Pro‌ analyze and cancel out environmental noise, while a second inward-facing microphone listens to sounds towards the ear to fine tune the noise cancellation.

‌AirPods Pro‌ with Active Noise Cancellation can drown out a lot more sound than the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ with simple noise isolation.

‌AirPods Pro‌ also have a Transparency mode that's designed to tweak the Active Noise Cancellation algorithms so that you can continue to hear what's going on around you, useful for situations like commuting, listening for traffic, and more.

There is no ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ feature for filtering in ambient noises, which is something to be aware of as the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ can drown out exterior sound with the volume turned up high enough.

Sound Differences


When announcing the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, Apple said that sound was a focus. The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are designed to offer powerful, balanced audio with pure sound reproduction, enhanced clarity, and improved dynamic range.


Superior sound is also a selling point of the ‌AirPods Pro‌, and the ‌AirPods Pro‌ have an Adaptive EQ feature.

Adaptive EQ tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of music that's playing to the shape of each person's ear for what Apple says is a rich and immersive listening experience.


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ feature a custom high dynamic range amplifier to produce pure, clear sound, along with a custom high-excursion low-distortion speaker driver that optimizes audio quality and removes background noise.

In our testing, we didn't find a significant difference in sound quality between the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ and the ‌AirPods Pro‌, as both offer sound that's quite good. The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are a bit warmer and slightly more bass heavy whereas the ‌AirPods Pro‌ sound more neutral to our ears.

‌AirPods Pro‌ have less bass, but the sound profile allows all of the instruments to be heard clearly and distinctly.

Physical Buttons


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ feature a Force Sensor on the stem, a control method that's unique compared to the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ and the ‌AirPods‌ 2.


The Force Sensor supports press-based gestures, so you can press once to play or pause music, press twice to skip forward on a track, press three times to skip backwards, or press and hold to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode.


The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are quite a bit larger than the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and thus have the space for physical buttons. There are buttons for adjusting volume, changing the song track, and accepting or declining an incoming call.

The ‌AirPods Pro‌ have no on-device option for adjusting the volume, and that's something that needs to be done using a connected device.

Water Resistance


‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ both feature IPX4 water resistance, which means they can hold up to water splashing against the enclosure from any direction, but can still fail when immersed in water.

With an IPX4 water resistance rating, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ can survive sweat exposure, but rain, swimming pools, and other excessive moisture should be avoided.

Apple's warranties do not cover water or sweat damage, which is something to be aware of.

‌Powerbeats Pro‌ Colors vs. ‌AirPods Pro‌ Colors


Despite rumors suggesting the ‌AirPods Pro‌ would come in multiple colors, Apple only released them in white.


‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ come in Black, Ivory (an off white shade), Navy, and Moss (an olive green). ‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌ also feature a white charging case while all ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ models ship with a black charging case.

Price Difference


‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are priced at $249, as are ‌AirPods Pro‌, but you can often find deals that drop the price of the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ by $50.

Processor, Sensors, and ‌Siri‌ Support


‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ both use Apple's H1 chip, offering simple setup, fast switching between devices, low latency, and hands-free "Hey ‌Siri‌" support.


‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ and ‌AirPods Pro‌ have all of the same sensors and features that come with the H1 chip, including ear detection that plays/pauses music appropriately based on position.


The H1 chip in the ‌AirPods Pro‌ has a unique design because it was engineered to be in the shape of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ earbud, with the design dictating the internal component arrangement instead of the other way around.

Phone Calls


‌AirPods Pro‌ feature a speech-detecting accelerometer and beamforming microphones designed to filter out noise when you're making a phone call or a ‌Siri‌ request, and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ also have a similar feature.

Both earbuds have dual beamforming microphones, with the microphones in the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ positioned on each side to make up for the lack of a stem like the ‌AirPods Pro‌ have.

Calls on both the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ are crisp, clear, and sound great with little difference between them.

Battery Life


Battery life is the main area where the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ have a significant edge over the ‌AirPods Pro‌.

Each ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ earbud offers nine hours of listening time, a full four and a half hours longer than the ‌AirPods Pro‌ promise.

‌AirPods Pro‌ offer 4.5 hours of battery life when Active Noise Cancellation is turned on, or five hours of battery life when it's turned off.

Both the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ have battery cases that extend battery life to over 24 hours, but you can get much longer listening time with the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌.

Live Listen


‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ and ‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌ both support the Live Listen feature for using the earbuds as a directional microphone.

Charging


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the ‌AirPods Pro‌ Wireless Charging Case can be charged using the included USB-C to Lightning cable or a Qi-based wireless charger.


The ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ case does not support Qi-based wireless charging and must be charged with a Lightning cable.

The ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌ have a Fast Fuel feature that adds 1.5 hours of music playback after five minutes of charging and 4.5 hours of playback after 15 minutes of charging.

The ‌AirPods Pro‌ also have a fast charging feature that offers around an hour of listening or talk time after charging for five minutes.

Comparison Chart


Here's an at-a-glance comparison chart that gives a quick overview of the differences between the ‌‌AirPods‌‌ Pro and the ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌.


Bottom Line


With the same $249 price point, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ are superior to the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ because of the Active Noise Cancellation feature.

For casual, everyday use, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ edge out the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, but for athletes and those who need the secure fit of earhooks and the much longer battery life, the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ win out.

Fit is subjective, so some people may prefer the fit of the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ over the ‌AirPods Pro‌ or may not care about Active Noise Cancellation.

The ‌AirPods Pro‌ are smaller and more convenient to carry and offer wireless charging, while the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ come in more colors.

Choosing between ‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ will ultimately come down to the fit that you prefer and the set of features that you want.

More Info


For more details on the ‌‌Powerbeats Pro‌‌, make sure to check out our full Powerbeats Pro guide, and for more info on the ‌AirPods Pro‌, make sure to check out our AirPods Pro roundup.

We also have a comparison between the AirPods and AirPods Pro and the Powerbeats Pro and AirPods.

Guide Feedback


Have questions about ‌AirPods Pro‌ or ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

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AirPods Pro Teardown: Heavier Than Original AirPods, Different Battery, Same Zero Repairability Score

iFixit today shared a teardown of the new $249 AirPods Pro, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the organization awarded Apple's latest wireless earphones the same zero repairability score as both versions of original AirPods.


Apart from the replaceable $4-a-pair proprietary silicone tips that provide noise isolation and enhanced fit on the ‌AirPods Pro‌, it's the same story as Apple's previous generation ‌AirPods‌ as far as repairs go. But there were a couple of new tidbits of information that the disassembly did reveal.

In terms of weight, each AirPod Pro bud comes in at 0.19 oz (5.4 g), which is fully a third heavier than the prior version AirPod earbuds. The new charging case is also notably chunkier, weighing 1.61 oz (45.6 g), compared to the original case's 1.34 oz (38 g).

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iFixit also discovered a watch-style button cell battery inside each AirPod, replacing the pin-type battery found in the original ‌AirPods‌. iFixit notes this could be the same battery found in Samsung's Galaxy Buds, and those are replaceable, but Apple has tethered the battery to a soldered cable, so ‌AirPods‌ customers will have no such luck.

As noted by iFixit, Apple apparently confirmed on Wednesday that the new ‌AirPods Pro‌ are no more repairable than previous versions of the wireless earbuds because of their size and build process.



For its part, however, iFixit believes Apple could theoretically replace the in-ear portion of the earbuds and re-use the original stems – which include the System on Package (SiP), antennas, microphones, and Force sensor – but the company has chosen not to do so, for whatever reason. iFixit's teardown concludes:
While theoretically semi-serviceable, the non-modular, glued-together design and lack of replacement parts makes repair both impractical and uneconomical.
From a customer perspective, this means that once the battery dies in the ‌AirPods Pro‌, it will need to be completely replaced. The left and right AirPod cost $89 each to replace in the United States, totaling $178 for a pair.

However, the fees are lower if a customer has purchased AppleCare+ for Headphones. The plan costs $29 upfront, plus charges a $29 fee to replace a pair of damaged ‌AirPods Pro‌ or their case. This coverage applies for up to two years from the date ‌AppleCare‌+ is purchased and is limited to two incidents.

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Hands-On With the New AirPods Pro

Today's the official launch date for the AirPods Pro that Apple surprised us with on Monday, so of course we went to pick some up at an Apple retail store this morning to give MacRumors readers a rundown of the new features and our first impressions.

In this video, we'll go over the new design, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ capabilities, and determine whether Apple's newest earbuds are worth the $249 price.

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Design wise, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ are recognizable as AirPods, but there are some distinct differences compared to earlier ‌AirPods‌. The stem, for example, is much shorter, and it now has a new Force sensor feature that supports gestures.

Squeeze the stem to play or pause your music, squeeze it two times to skip forward a track, and squeeze it three times to skip back. Pressing and holding will also switch between different listening modes, which we'll get to in a second.


The other major ‌AirPods Pro‌ design change is the inclusion of new silicone tips that are designed to fit inside of the ears. The ‌AirPods Pro‌ ship with silicone tips in three sizes, and the tips just snap right on and off. Apple has even designed a fit test that makes sure you're using the right size tip for your ear size.

We found the ‌AirPods Pro‌ to be comfortable and secure in the ears, though they definitely have a different feel from the original ‌AirPods‌. Those silicone tips enable a key ‌AirPods Pro‌ feature -- Active Noise Cancellation. Apple has included Active Noise Cancellation in some Beats headphones in the past, but this is the first time the company has released earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation functionality.


Active Noise Cancellation worked well in our testing, drowning out the sound of a loud furnace fan and people in nearby offices. There's also a Transparency mode that Apple added, which tunes down Active Noise Cancellation so you can hear the environment around you.

Swapping between Active Noise Cancellation and the Transparency mode that lets you hear traffic, announcements, and more, can be done with a press and hold on the stem of the ‌AirPods Pro‌. You can also turn it off and on using the Control Center on the iPhone.


Apple touts audio quality as a major improvement in the ‌AirPods Pro‌, and they do indeed sound good. There is a noticeable difference in quality between the ‌AirPods‌ and the ‌AirPods Pro‌, so if you were satisfied with the ‌AirPods‌, you'll be even more impressed with the ‌AirPods Pro‌.

There's an Adaptive EQ feature in the ‌AirPods Pro‌, which Apple says automatically tunes the low and mid frequencies of the music to the shape of an individual's ear for a "rich, immersive listening experience." In practice, we were better able to distinguish between each instrument, and everything was crisp and clear.

It's worth noting that the ‌AirPods Pro‌ are IPX4 water resistant, which means they're going to hold up to sweat and perhaps some light splashing from the rain, but you shouldn't submerge them and should make an effort to keep them dry when possible.


There's an H1 chip in the ‌AirPods Pro‌, which was also included in the ‌AirPods‌ 2, so all of the quick setup and device swapping features are present, plus hands-free "Hey Siri" commands are supported.

When it comes to the Wireless Charging Case for the ‌AirPods Pro‌, it looks a lot like the standard ‌AirPods‌ case but it's fatter than the previous version because it needs to accommodate those silicone tips.


It has the same capabilities as the original case, offering up somewhere around 24 hours of battery life for the ‌AirPods Pro‌, with a 5 minute fast charge feature that provides an hour of listening time. It can be charged using the included Lightning to USB-C cable or via a Qi-based wireless charger because it does support wireless charging.

As for the ‌AirPods Pro‌ themselves, the battery lasts for up to 4.5 hours with Active Noise Cancellation turned on, or up to five hours if it's disabled. If you're talking on the phone, expect 3.5 hours of talk time with ANC on.

‌AirPods Pro‌ are $50 more than the ‌AirPods‌ 2 with Wireless Charging Case, and with the Active Noise Cancellation, comfortable fit, and superior sound, choosing ‌AirPods Pro‌ over ‌AirPods‌ 2 makes a lot of sense.


Whether or not they're worth the upgrade for those that already have ‌AirPods‌ is something everyone will need to decide for themselves. They sound great and have ANC, but the ‌AirPods‌ and ‌AirPods‌ 2 are also fantastic little headphones and some people may not need to upgrade if they're happy with what they have now.

Make sure to stay tuned to MacRumors because we'll also be doing an in-depth comparison between the ‌AirPods Pro‌, the standard ‌AirPods‌, and the Powerbeats Pro in the coming days.

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AirPods vs. AirPods Pro Features Comparison

Apple has unveiled higher-end AirPods Pro with several improvements over the regular AirPods, including active noise cancellation, improved sound quality, and water and sweat resistance. To help decide between the AirPods and AirPods Pro, read our side-by-side comparison of the earphones below.


Design and Fit Differences


AirPods Pro sport an all-new in-ear design with three sizes of soft, flexible silicone tips that click into place, including small, medium, and large. Apple says the tips are designed to conform to your ear shape, keeping the AirPods Pro secure, while a vent system equalizes pressure to minimize discomfort. Meanwhile, the standard AirPods have a one-size fits all design. While many people found this adequate, some users had issues with the original AirPods design falling our or hurting their ears.

AirPods Pro have a feature named the Ear Tip Fit Test that checks the fit of the ‌earphones in your ears to determine which size of ear tips provides the best seal and acoustic performance. Ear Tip Fit Test can be accessed by tapping the info icon next to your ‌AirPods Pro‌ in Settings > Bluetooth.


Apple says advanced algorithms work together with the inward-facing microphones in each AirPod to measure the sound level in the ear and compare it to what is coming from the speaker driver. In just seconds, the algorithm detects whether the ear tip is the right size and has a good fit, or should be adjusted.

AirPods Pro and AirPods both have a familiar white plastic design with a stem dropping below the ear. However, while the regular AirPods are also placed in the ear, they do not have silicone ear tips.

Size and Weight


AirPods Pro are very slightly heavier than regular AirPods at 5.4 grams per earphone versus 4.0 grams, respectively. Apple says the AirPods Pro are engineered for comfort and fit, something many early reviews back.

AirPods Pro Only: Noise Cancellation and Transparency Modes


AirPods Pro feature active noise cancellation, removing background noise and allowing a user to focus on what they're listening to.


Two microphones assist with this feature. The first is outward-facing and detects external sound, which the AirPods Pro then cancel out with anti-noise before it reaches the listener's ear. A second inward-facing microphone listens toward the ear so that the AirPods Pro can cancel out any remaining noise detected.

Apple says the noise cancellation feature continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second for the best results.

If a user wants to hear something around them, they can simply press and hold the force sensor on the stem of the AirPods Pro to jump between active noise cancellation and "Transparency" mode, which lets outside sound in when necessary, such as when paying for a coffee or talking to someone nearby.

AirPods Pro have a "force sensor" on the stem to switch between active noise cancellation and Transparency mode. Press the force sensor once to play, pause, or answer a phone call; press twice to skip forward; press three times to skip back; and press and hold to switch between the listening modes.


The regular AirPods do not have a force sensor, active noise cancellation, or a Transparency mode.

Sound Quality Differences


Apple says the AirPods Pro deliver "superior sound quality" thanks to "Adaptive EQ," which automatically tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of the music to the shape of an individual's ear.

Apple on the AirPods Pro:
A custom-built high-excursion, low-distortion driver delivers powerful bass. A super efficient high dynamic range amplifier produces pure, incredibly clear sound while also extending battery life. And Adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to suit the shape of your ear for a rich, consistent listening experience.
Early reviews have generally agreed that the AirPods Pro sound better than the regular AirPods, but there will always be some subjectiveness.

AirPods Pro also feature an expanded mesh microphone port that Apple says improves call clarity in windy situations.

Battery Life Similar


Apple says the AirPods Pro last up to 4.5 hours per charge with noise cancellation and Transparency mode enabled. With those features disabled, the AirPods last up to five hours, consistent with the regular AirPods.

AirPods Pro also provide up to 3.5 hours of talk time per charge, up slightly from three hours with the second-generation AirPods.

Both the AirPods and AirPods Pro come with charging cases that provide additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time and more than 18 hours of total talk time. AirPods Pro have a wider charging case to accommodate the ear tips, but the battery does not appear to be much larger.

Added Water Resistance on AirPods Pro


AirPods Pro feature IPX4-rated water resistance, while the AirPods have no water resistance rating.

The "4" in "IPX4" means "water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect." Apple says the AirPods Pro are "sweat and water resistant for non-water sports and exercise," so the earphones should not be submerged in any amount of water or else damage may occur.

What's in the Box for Each


AirPods Pro come with a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box, whereas regular AirPods have a Lightning to USB-A cable. AirPods Pro also ship with three sizes of ear tips, a wireless charging case, and documentation.

"Hey Siri" and Bluetooth: Same



Both the second-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro feature an Apple-designed H1 chip that enables hands-free "Hey Siri" support for calling someone, controlling music playback, having messages read aloud, and more with voice commands. The first-generation AirPods do not support this feature.

Both the AirPods and AirPods Pro support Bluetooth 5.0.

Pricing Difference


In the United States, AirPods Pro are priced at $249 with a wireless charging case. The second-generation AirPods are available with a wired or wireless charging case for $159 or $199, respectively.

In other words, the AirPods Pro are $50 to $90 more expensive than AirPods.

AirPods Pro vs AirPods Bottom Line


The regular AirPods are a perfectly fine choice for truly wireless earphones, with roughly the same battery life as the AirPods Pro. Choose the higher-end AirPods Pro if you desire improved sound, noise cancellation, and water resistance.

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How to Perform an Ear Tip Fit Test on AirPods Pro

This article shows you how to perform an AirPods Pro Ear Tip Fit Test, which checks the fit of your AirPods ear tips to determine which size provides the best seal and acoustic performance.

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How Does the ‌AirPods‌ Ear Tip Fit Test Work?


Unlike previous generation ‌AirPods‌, ‌AirPods Pro‌ come with three sizes of silicone tips for a customizable fit. These tips help to form a seal appropriate for optimizing the audio experience and the noise cancelling and Transparency modes, so it's important that you choose the right size tip for your ears.

The Ear Tip Fit Test is designed to help you with that, by testing the quality of the seal and identifying the best ear tip size for you. After placing ‌AirPods Pro‌ in each ear and running the test, algorithms work together with the microphones in each AirPod to measure the sound level in the ear and compare it to what's coming from the speaker driver.

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The algorithm detects whether the ear tip is the right size and has a good fit, or should be adjusted to create a better seal. Here's how to perform the test.

How to Run the ‌AirPods Pro‌ Ear Tip Fit Test


  1. Allow your ‌AirPods‌ to connect to your iPhone or iPad in the usual way, by opening the case next to your device and inserting the buds in your ears.

  2. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.

  3. Tap Bluetooth.

  4. Under My Devices, tap the information icon (the circled "i") next to ‌AirPods Pro‌ in the list.
    AirPods Pro tip test
  5. Tap Ear Tip Fit Test.

  6. Tap Continue.
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  7. Make sure you're wearing both ‌AirPods‌, then press the blue Play button at the bottom of the screen.

  8. Check your Ear Tip Fit results under the corresponding left and right AirPod images. A good seal is shown in green, while a sub-optimal seal shows up in yellow.

  9. Tap Done.
If you get a yellow result for an AirPod, adjust the earbud or try a different ear tip, then run the test again to see if it's been fixed.

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How to Customize the Force Sensor Gesture Functions on AirPods Pro

This article explains how to customize the functions assigned to AirPods Pro gestures. Bear in mind that iOS devices need to be running iOS 13.2 in order to support ‌AirPods Pro‌. You can check that your device is updated by launching the Settings app and going to General -> Software Update.

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Apple's ‌AirPods Pro‌ wireless earbuds feature a new, innovative force sensor on each stem that responds to gestures which you can use to play/pause and skip tracks, answer and hang up phone calls, and switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes.

By default, you can press and hold either AirPod Pro stem to cycle between the Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes (you'll hear a tone when switching between the two functions). You can also customize the press-and-hold gestures by accessing onscreen menus on your connected iOS device. Here's how it works.

  1. Allow your AirPods to connect to your iPhone or iPad in the usual way, by opening the case next to your device and inserting the buds in your ears.

  2. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.

  3. Tap Bluetooth.
    AirPods Pro settings
  4. Under "My Devices," tap the information icon (the circled "i") next to ‌AirPods Pro‌ in the list.

  5. Under "Press and Hold ‌AirPods‌," tap Left or Right, depending on which AirPod you want customize.
    AirPods Pro gesture settings
  6. To activate Siri with a press-and-hold gesture, tap ‌Siri‌.

  7. To change the Noise Control features that are activated via a press-and-hold gesture, tap Noise Control so that it's ticked, then tap the functions below that you want to assign to it: The options are Noise Cancellation, Transparency, and Off (which disables noise cancellation and transparency mode).
Note that you can assign more than one noise control feature to the press-and-hold gesture on either earbud – pressing and holding the stem will cycle between the selected modes.

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How to Control the Noise Cancellation Feature on AirPods Pro

This article explains how to control the noise cancellation feature on Apple's AirPods Pro wireless earbuds. Bear in mind that iOS devices need to be running iOS 13.2 in order to support ‌AirPods Pro‌. You can check that your device is updated by launching the Settings app and going to General -> Software Update.

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How Active Noise Cancellation Works on ‌AirPods Pro‌


‌AirPods Pro‌ are Apple's first in-ear headphones with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which is designed to adapt to the shape of your ear and block out the outside world so you can focus on what you're listening to.

When ANC is active, an outward-facing microphone on each earbud detects external sound, which is then countered by corresponding inverted audio frequencies to cancel the sound before it reaches your ears.

Unlike previous generation AirPods, ‌AirPods Pro‌ also come with three sizes of silicone tips for a customizable fit. These tips help to form a seal appropriate for optimizing the ANC feature, so make sure you've chosen the right size for your ears.

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How to Control Noise Cancellation on ‌AirPods Pro‌


There are three methods you can use to control the Noise Cancellation feature on ‌AirPods Pro‌. The first method involves using the Force sensors on the ‌AirPods‌ themselves with default settings, while the second and third methods are accessed via onscreen menus on the connected iOS device.

Method 1:


  1. Allow your ‌AirPods‌ to connect to your iPhone or iPad in the usual way, by opening the case next to your device and inserting the buds in your ears.

  2. Press and hold either AirPod Pro stem to cycle between Noise Cancellation and Transparency, the latter of which lets outside sound in.

  3. You'll hear a tone when switching between the two functions.
AirPods Pro
If you want, you can customize the press-and-hold gesture on the ‌AirPods Pro‌ earbuds, and even use it to turn off the noise control features completely. Click here to learn how.

Method 2:


  1. Allow your ‌AirPods‌ to connect to your iPhone or ‌iPad‌ in the usual way, by opening the case next to your device and inserting the buds in your ears.

  2. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.

  3. Tap Bluetooth.

  4. Under My Devices, tap the information icon (the circled "i") next to ‌AirPods Pro‌ in the list.

  5. Under Noise Control, tap Noise Cancellation, Off, or Transparency, depending on your preference.

Method 3:


  1. Allow your ‌AirPods‌ to connect to your iPhone or ‌iPad‌ in the usual way, by opening the case next to your device and inserting the buds in your ears.

  2. Open Control Center on your iOS device: On an ‌iPad‌ with a Home button, double-tap the Home button; on iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen; and on a 2018 iPad Pro or iPhone X and later, swipe down from the upper right of the screen.
    airpods pro noise control
  3. Press and hold the Control Center volume bar (a pair of earbuds will be visible inside of it to indicate the ‌AirPods Pro‌ are connected.)

  4. Use the strip of buttons at the bottom of the screen to switch between Noise Cancellation, Off, or Transparency, depending on your preference.
Did you know that ‌AirPods Pro‌ feature an Ear Tip Fit Test to help you choose the right size of eartips for your ears? Click here to learn how it works.

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