Apple released thein early November with very little fanfare, but these completely wireless earphones are a notable improvement over the released earlier this year. In fact, the AirPods Pro is the biggest upgrade we've seen since the first release by Apple in late 201
However, some things have changed. For example, if you no longer tap one of the earphones to toggle between songs, you can use active noise cancellation to eliminate all sounds from the outside world. And for those who want to hear music, but still want to hear something about their surroundings, there's a new Transparency Mode that lets ambient noise filters through so you can hear cars behind them when someone screams your name, and so on.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of AirPods Pro. Begin Pairing With Your iPhone ($ 815 on Amazon) .
The pairing takes only a few seconds.
After unzipping your AirPods Pro, unlock your iPhone (or iPad ($ 350 at Walmart) ) and open the charging case for your earphones. A second or two later, a prompt will appear on your phone asking if you would like to pair the earbuds.
Tap Connect to start the pairing, and you're done. Not only does the AirPods Pro work with your iPhone, it also pairs with any Apple device you've signed into your iCloud account.
Do not touch your AirPods Pro, just touch it.
Instead of tapping on one of the AirPods, the handles of the AirPods Pro act as a button. There is actually no button, but rather a pressure-sensitive area that can mimic the way you would use a button. It's weird and confusing and yet something that you'd expect Apple to do.
Use two fingers to press the shallow depression on each AirPod. You will hear a click in your ear each time you press it. Here is a breakdown of the functions of each keystroke:
- Single keystroke : Pause / Play
- Double keystroke : Skip forward
- Triple keystroke : Jump backwards  Long press : Switches between noise reduction and transparency mode.
Checking battery life
To check the charge status of your AirPods Pro and the charging case, unlock your iPhone or iPad and open the case next to your device where the AirPods are located. An animation will be displayed showing the charge status of each AirPod and the enclosure.
Using Active Noise Reduction
AirPods Pro's headlining feature may be Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). When turned on, noise cancellation blocks almost all the background noise you normally hear with normal earphones or the standard AirPods. For example, working in a noisy office should exclude all chatter and distractions.
In addition to disabling noise cancellation by pressing and holding one of the AirPods buttons, you can also use the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad. Swipe down from the top right corner of your device's screen. When the control center is displayed, press and hold the volume control. At the bottom of the screen you have three options: noise reduction, off and transparency. Touch the setting you want to use.
Using the Transparency Mode on the AirPods Pro
Switching to the Transparency mode will allow you to hear some of your ambient sounds, but you will hear the audio in your AirPods Pro without any problem.
Transparency mode is something you would use at an airport if you have to be aware of gate changes or if you are driving through busy roads to hear the traffic.
You can switch to Transparency mode by long pressing the AirPods buttons or by pressing the Shift key in the Control Center.
If you have an Apple Watch, you can tap the AirPlay icon in the Now Playing app to switch between Noise Canceling and Transparency modes when using your AirPods Pro.
Changing the modes on your Mac
If you use your AirPods Pro with your Mac, you can switch between noise reduction and transparency without having to press any of your AirPods Pro. Instead, click the speaker icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen, hover over your AirPods Pro, and select the mode you want to switch to.
Your AirPods Pro comes with two additional sizes of earplugs – the median size is already installed. Try these out first, and if you feel unwell, you can swap them for another size. It is no trick to replace the tip of any AirPod. Just pull on it to pull it out and press to put another pair on it. It may feel like you're tearing it up, but they'll eventually come out of the few swaps I've made.
Perform the ear test.
If you immerse yourself in the AirPods Pro settings, you can do the ear test (try saying this a few times). The test will play some sounds, use the AirPod microphones, and then tell you if the earplugs you have installed are the right size for your ears.
To run the test, open the App Settings on your iPhone, select Bluetooth, and tap the "i" next to the name of your AirPods Pro. Select earmold test and follow the instructions.
I did the test with medium and small earplugs and both passed. So do not feel tied to the first earplugs that you use to test. There may be another size that works and feels better.
Check the Charging Status when Wirelessly Charging the Case The same wireless charging points that work with the iPhone.
Place the suitcase with the little light up on the pad to start charging. The lamp of the case lights up when it is first placed on the pad and indicates that it is being charged. However, there will eventually be a timeout and will be turned off. Tap the case to check the charge status of the case (green means that it is fully charged).
The AirPods Pro offers much more. However, theseand should help you master your new wireless earphones completely.
Originally released at the beginning of this month.