At Apple's annual September event, the spotlight often shines on flagship products, leaving some offerings in the shadows.
This year, it was the AirPods Pro's turn, a product that seemingly received only a passing mention during the keynote.
However, a closer examination reveals that the new AirPods Pro 3 pack a host of impressive features, powered by Apple's machine-learning prowess. While the addition of a Type-C port may not be the headline grabber, there's more beneath the surface worth exploring.
Conversation Awareness: A Unique Experience
Apple introduces "Conversation Awareness," a feature designed to enhance your social interactions. When wearing AirPods Pro 3 and engaging in a conversation, there's no need to remove them.
The moment you start speaking, the music volume automatically decreases, and transparency mode activates. This allows you to seamlessly converse without the need to pause your audio experience. Apple's implementation of this feature offers a finesse that sets it apart from competitors.
However, for those who enjoy singing along to their music, this feature can be slightly bothersome. The good news is that it can be easily disabled for your karaoke sessions or solo sing-alongs.
Adaptive Audio: Where Transparency Meets ANC
The AirPods Pro 3 boast an all-new "Adaptive Audio" mode, combining transparency mode with active noise cancellation (ANC).
While it doesn't completely block out external noise, it strikes a balance, providing you with a sense of your surroundings. Apple enhances the functionality of the adaptive transparency feature introduced with the second-generation AirPods Pro, offering a refined audio experience.
Personalized Volume: AI-Driven Listening
Apple employs machine learning for "Personalized Volume," a feature that tailors volume levels to individual preferences. The AirPods Pro 3 adapt to your preferred listening volume and adjust it based on your surroundings.
While some may find this automation unnecessary for volume control, it aligns with the trend of AI-driven enhancements in today's tech landscape.
Seamless Experience with iOS 17
iOS 17 has improved the "Automatic Switching" feature, making the transition between AirPods and Apple devices smoother than ever before. It now offers a seamless and hassle-free experience.
Is It Worth the Upgrade?
The noteworthy aspect of these features is that they are also available on the second-generation AirPods Pro.
Therefore, there's no compelling reason for existing owners to rush into upgrading to the third generation, unless you have a strong preference for Type-C over Lightning connectivity.
The third-generation AirPods Pro focus less on hardware and more on Apple's machine learning capabilities. These earbuds demonstrate Cupertino's clever utilization of technology, providing a solid testament to the power of machine learning in enhancing user experiences.