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Apple unveils new noise-cancelling AirPods Pro

The third-generation wireless earphones will be the first to support active noise-cancelling.

Apple has announced a new version of its AirPod earphones, which will include noise-cancelling technology for the first time.

The £249 AirPods Pro will be the Apple-made earphones to include noise-cancelling, which uses built-in microphones to filter out background noise when being used.

The technology giant confirmed the earphones would be available from Wednesday October 30.

Apple said the AirPods Pro will also include what calls Transparency Mode, which enables users to hear sounds from the world around them – such as traffic or transport announcements, while also listening to audio.

(Apple)
(Apple)

As part of a redesign to the earphones, they will now come with changeable, soft ear tips for the first time, Apple said.

Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said: “AirPods are the best-selling headphones in the world.

“The one-tap setup experience, incredible sound and iconic design have made them a beloved Apple product, and with AirPods Pro, we’re taking the magic even further.

“The new in-ear AirPods Pro sound amazing with Adaptive EQ, fit comfortably with flexible ear tips and have innovative Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode.

“We think customers are going to love this new addition to the AirPods family.”

The wireless earphones were first introduced in 2016, with a second-generation that also came with a wireless-charging compatible case introduced earlier this year.

Apple confirmed the new AirPods Pro would also come with the wireless charging case.

Cable-free earphones have become increasingly popular products for major smartphone and tech brands – companies including Huawei, Google, Samsung and Microsoft have all released or are planning to launch their own versions of wireless earphones.

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