Are the new Airpods Pro worth the upgrade?

No one knows more about the minute details and differences between Apple’s new generation of products than us. If you’re wondering what’s new with AirPods Pro, you’ve come to the right place.

Noise Cancellation

AirPods Pro

$249 at Apple


  • Active Noise cancellation
  • IPX4
  • Adaptive EQ
  • Customizable fit


  • More expensive
  • Slightly worse battery

The new AirPods Pro add noise cancellation, IPX4 water-resistance, and a more customizable fit. However, the price tag is a bit higher than the older AirPods, and it does sacrifice a bit of battery life.

Classic AirPods

AirPods with Charging Case

From $159 at Apple


  • Voice-activated and double-tap to Siri
  • Less expensive
  • Up to 5 hours of listening time on a charge


  • Wireless charging case is extra
  • No noise cancellation

Apple’s classic AirPods are less expensive and have a slightly better battery life than the Pro version, but you are missing out on active noise cancellation.

The differences between the AirPods Pro and their non-pro counterparts aren’t about functionality — both products work well! It mostly comes down to sound quality and listening experience.

AirPods Pro vs AirPods: The specs

Most of the functionality and how the headphones work with your other Apple devices between AirPods and the new AirPods Pro remain the same. Both feature Hey, Siri activation, and the newest H1 chip enables seamless pairing between devices. Plus, both versions can use Audio Sharing — so you can share your audio between multiple pairs of AirPods —and Announce Messages features, which will automatically read messages for you as you receive them.

The biggest differences are the new hardware design and features that add noise cancellation and transparency mode.

AirPods ProAirPods 2
Battery life (music)4.5 hours5 hours
Bluetooth version5.05.0
Noise CancellationYesNo
Transparency modeYesNo
Siri connectionVoice-activated or double-tapVoice-activated or double-tap
Charging caseWireless charging caseOptional wireless charging case
iOS system requirementsiOS 13.2 or lateriOS 12.2 or later
watchOS system requirementswatchOS 6.1 or laterwatchOS 5.2 or later
macOS system requirementsmacOS Catalina 10.15.1macOS 10.14.4 or later
Apple TV supportYesYes

Noise cancellation is a fantastic feature to have in any pair of headphones that you use while commuting. Active noise cancellation allows the headphones to drown out a lot of background noise from the world around you, making it easier to hear and focus on what you’re listening to. Top off the fact that the new AirPods Pro features a new design with silicone ear tips (which come in three different sizes to ensure you get a better fit and thus a better seal), the AirPods Pro are likely going to sound significantly better than the non-pro version.

Should you upgrade from AirPods to AirPods Pro?

If you have the first-generation AirPods still and have been thinking about an upgrade, the AirPods Pro is definitely worth it. The newer chip, better sound, and new features make them a huge upgrade. However, if you’re trying to decide between the two for a new purchase, that’s a more complicated answer.

It comes down to how you like to use your AirPods. If sound quality alone is a deciding factor for you, then upgrading to the AirPods Pro will feel like money well spent. Listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks with active noise cancellation, and the more secure customized fit will undoubtedly yield better results over your current AirPods.

Of course, AirPods have a lot of uses and listening to music isn’t the only one. If you find yourself using your AirPods primarily as a convenient way to interact with your phone, take phone calls, and be always tethered to your phone, the AirPods will still do that all for you and at a much lower price.

Much better sound

AirPods Pro

$249 at Apple

A worthy upgrade for anyone who wants a perfect Apple accessory that has a much better listening experience — especially when you’re on the go.

Classic but still great


From $159 at Apple

The classic AirPods you know and love. While it lacks the advanced sound quality and features of the pro version, you can’t go wrong with a little extra battery power and cheaper price tag.