AirPods Pro vs Apple AirPods: is it worth upgrading to the AirPods Pro?

The Apple AirPods Pro are, without a doubt, a culmination of years’ worth of Apple’s work in the true wireless earbuds space. Not only are they exceptionally easy to setup, they’re also far more comfortable and come with tons of new features like noise-cancellation and adaptive EQ. 

That being said, they’re also way more expensive than the standard AirPods, and that’s led a lot of people to wonder if it’s worth upgrading to the AirPods Pro, or if they should simply stick to the cheaper AirPods that were released earlier this year. 

The answer will be different for everyone, but to help you understand which AirPods model is right for you we’ve broken down the eight main differences below.

Difference #1: The AirPods Pro have noise-cancellation 

Probably the most noticeable difference is that the AirPods Pro actually use active noise cancellation rather than relying only on passive noise reduction from the eartips. The level of noise cancellation on the Pro can be customized, and can even be set to Transparency Mode to allow you to hear what’s happening around you without taking off the headphones. There’s basically no drawbacks to having it.

The regular AirPods, unfortunately, don’t offer any level of active noise cancellation, and only offer a noise reduction effect by their tight seal.

Difference #2: The AirPods Pro are water-resistant 

If you’re planning on taking your Apple earbuds to the gym, you should probably pick up the more expensive AirPods Pro as they’re water-resistant IPX4 – i.e. sweat- and water-resistant – compared to the non-water-resistant AirPods.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should take your new high-end AirPods Pro in the pool with you – if they fall out or stay submerged too long they’ll get ruined. If you’re looking for something you can take into the pool with you, you’ll need a pair of waterproof earbuds

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Difference #3: The AirPods Pro have custom eartips 

In terms of finding the right fit, the AirPods Pro will offer more customization than the one-size-fits-all Apple AirPods: Inside…