Apple has revealed its new wireless headphones, the AirPods Pro, will be noise-cancelling and cost £ 250 for consumers in the UK.
Noise-cancelling technologies work by tackling the pressure waves which make up sounds. They are able to reduce or remove unwanted sounds by producing the opposite sound to flatten the wave.
Apple’s new AirPods contain two microphones – one pointing externally to detect environmental noise, with another pointing internally – and the speaker will adapt 200 times per second to cancel out any noise.
The headphones will be released on Wednesday for £ 250 in the UK, setting them well above the £ 159 AirPods with charging case the company will continue to offer.
Unlike the existing wireless headphones, the AirPods Pro come with an adjustable size for people with larger or smaller ears.
They also use what Apple calls Adaptive EQ, software “which automatically tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of the music to the shape of an individual’s ear”.
A transparency mode will be available for those who want to listen to music while also being able to hear the environment around them, so users can “hear traffic while out for a run or an important train announcement during the morning commute” .
The announcement came via press release, rather than an Apple event, and the company even doctored the profile image on Twitter of chief executive Tim Cook to feature him wearing the AirPods Pro.
As noted by technology website The Verge, the company attempted to pull a similar trick back in March when it launched the new AirPods.
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