Difference between Airpods and Airpods Pro
By Claire Miles - June 6, 2023

Apple’s mobile technological inventions are a household staple, and there seem to be new upgrades every few weeks. What makes the Apple Airpod any different from the Airpod Pro?


Apple’s AirPods are wireless Bluetooth earphones. They were originally made available on December 13, 2016. On March 20, 2019, the product’s second generation, with enhanced battery life, was introduced.
Apple AirPods Pro are wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones that were first offered on October 30, 2019. Apple’s mid-tier wireless headphones are available alongside the entry-level AirPods and the top-tier AirPods Max. The H1 processor featured in the second-generation AirPods is used in the AirPods Pro. Still, it also has active noise reduction, transparency mode, automatic frequency profile adjustment, IPX4 water resistance, a charging case with wireless charging, and replaceable silicone tips.

AirPods vs. AirPods Pro

They’re both true wireless earbuds with similar-sized casings and battery lives of roughly 3.5 hours per charge and more than 24 hours with the battery case. They also have a reasonably comparable sound quality, with just minor variances in soundstage/clarity except for Spatial Audio which is unique to AirPods Pro.

Active Noise Cancellation muffles the outside world so you can focus on your music, podcasts, and phone conversations. AirPods Pro employs two microphones, one facing out and one facing in, to produce greater noise suppression by constantly adjusting to the ear’s geometry. There is also a transparency option, which allows sounds from the environment to enter when audio is playing. This is ideal for jogging, cycling, or exercising in congested areas.
AirPods Pro also features Apple’s IPX4 rating, indicating they’re sweat and water resistant compared to standard AirPods. The normal AirPods cost around $199 at the time of the AirPod Pro’s debut. The AirPods Pro is substantially more costly, retailing at $249.

Comparison Chart
  1. Cost effective
Noise cancellation and water resistance
  1. Similar audio quality
Adaptive EQ and Spatial Audio