Apple Unveils Game-Changing AirPods Pro 2nd Gen: Ultra-Low Latency Audio & More

New AirPods Pro
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  • Ultra-low latency audio with AirPods Pro 2nd Gen.
  • Audio ray tracing technology in the Vision Pro Headset.
  • Personalized spatial audio for an immersive listening experience.
  • Compatibility between AirPods Pro and Vision Pro Headset for a unique audio combo.

Apple made a significant announcement in a recent live-streamed event held in September, where they introduced a slew of new products, including the iPhone 15 series and a range of fresh Watch models. Amid these unveilings, one of the highlights was the introduction of the latest iteration of the AirPods Pro.

This new AirPods Pro model brings several noteworthy changes. Firstly, there’s a shift in the charging case’s interface from Lightning to USB-C, a move aimed at modernizing the connectivity options. Additionally, this model introduces an IP54-rated dust resistance feature, adding a layer of durability and protection to these wireless earbuds.

However, what truly sets this AirPods Pro apart is its compatibility with the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset. When used in conjunction, they unlock a unique and advanced audio experience. 

Specifically, they support a proprietary Apple 20-bit, 48 kHz wireless audio protocol that incorporates lossless compression and boasts “ultra-low latency.” This means that audio transmission is not only of high quality but also almost instantaneous.

To put this into context, achieving such ultra-low latency audio on standalone headsets typically necessitates compromising on sound quality by relying on their built-in speakers or resorting to wired (3.5mm or USB-C) earphones or headphones. Apple’s innovative approach changes this, offering high-quality, low-latency wireless audio.

It’s essential to clarify the nomenclature used for this new AirPods Pro model. Rather than labeling it as the third generation, Apple has chosen to call it “AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging (USB‑C)” or simply “AirPods Pro 2nd generation (USB-C).”

This distinction helps consumers understand the key improvements and features of this particular iteration.

However, there’s a crucial caveat to consider. Only the 2023 model with the USB-C charging case will support the ultra-low latency lossless audio mode when used with the Vision Pro headset. Those who own last year’s AirPods Pro 2nd generation, which come with a different charging mechanism, won’t have access to this advanced audio capability.

Delving further into the features of the Vision Pro headset, it’s fascinating to note the incorporation of “audio pods” on its sides, each housing two distinct drivers. These pods play a pivotal role in delivering an immersive auditory experience.

One of the standout technologies employed in the Vision Pro headset is “Audio Ray Tracing.” This innovative technique utilizes inaudible sound waves to meticulously scan and analyze the characteristics and materials of your immediate environment. 

It’s akin to the technology found in Apple’s HomePod speakers, promising an audio experience that convincingly situates sound within your physical surroundings.

However, it’s worth mentioning that the sound produced by the audio pods isn’t confined to your ears alone. It can also be heard by those in your vicinity. Therefore, in scenarios where privacy is paramount, such as during air travel, Apple suggests opting for the new AirPods Pro 2nd generation (USB-C) to enjoy your audio content discreetly.

Both the integrated audio pods in the Vision Pro headset and the AirPods Pro solution support Apple’s “Personalized Spatial Audio.” This cutting-edge technology tailors the delivery of sound based on the unique dimensions of your head and ear structure, ensuring the most precise and immersive spatial audio experience possible.

How to connect to this feature, you’ll need an iPhone equipped with a TrueDepth FaceID sensor, which captures and analyzes the contours of your head for a personalized and immersive listening experience.

Source(S): uploadvr

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