Comparison AirPods Pro 1 vs AirPods Pro 2

Once you know what are the characteristics that both the first generation AirPods Pro and the second generation AirPods Pro have, it is time for us to tell you what their differences are and, above all, how they affect the experience that both headphones provide. on a day-to-day basis to users.

Noise Cancellation

One of the features that have made AirPods Pro popular is its noise cancellation, and obviously, with the second version Apple has evolved this feature so demanded by users. The first thing you have to take into account in this regard is that, in order to get these headphones to cancel outside sound in such an optimal way, Apple has not only developed a system for it, but has also included in them the famous padswhich we will talk about later, especially in the comfort section

The first generation of AirPods Pro was already really good In this section, in fact, within its range of headphones, it could be considered one of the best exponents, offering a truly fantastic user experience. As well, with the second generation AirPods Pro this experience is even better. According to Apple, the cancellation offered by these is up to two times better than its predecessors, something difficult to measure, but what is clear is that they are one step above, which places the AirPods Pro 2 as one of the best headphones in when it comes to noise cancellation.

ambient mode

When talking about dealing with external noise, the most common is to focus all the importance on noise cancellation, however, Apple introduced a function that is also very important and, above all, very useful on a day-to-day basis, which is ambient mode. This way of treating external sound consists of take everything that happens around you and put it in your earso you can hear everything as if you were not wearing anything.

iPhone and AirPods Pro

Well, the operation with the first generation AirPods Pro is fantastic, however, the Cupertino company has improved it in the second generation AirPods Pro, making it now loud sounds do not bother the userand so you can still hear the rest clearly, Apple has called it adaptive ambient mode. On a day-to-day basis it is not something that you are going to notice, however, in the moments in which you are exposed to this type of noise, you will surely appreciate having it.

Sound quality

We have told you that the second generation AirPods Pro have improved on the first in noise cancellation, also slightly in ambient mode, well, where there has been a big jump and that when using them you will notice and appreciate it in the sound quality it offers. Although the first generation AirPods Pro were already headphones that sounded very good, with the second generation the jump is very large.

AirPods Pro 2 and iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple has managed to raise the level of these AirPods Pro 2, so much so that they are really close to what their older brothers can offer, the AirPods Max. The nuances that you can enjoy now are much greater, and in general, the listening experience improves considerably, since they have a custom high-excursion transducer, a custom high dynamic range amplifier and, of course, they maintain compatibility with spatial audio and lossless audio from Apple Music. Finally, it should also be mentioned that this improvement in sound quality is caused, in large part, by the H2 chip they have.

more gestures

One of the reasons why AirPods Pro are so comfortable to use on a daily basis is because of the gestures that users can make to interact with them and, in this way, control the content that is played on them, as well as vary between the different ways of dealing with external sound. Well, in addition to having the same gestures that the first-generation AirPods Pro already have, the second-generation ones add one more option, and that is the possibility of raising and lowering the volume by making a simple gesture on the headphone pins. Then we leave you all the gestures.

  • one push to play audio, pause it, or answer a call.
  • two presses to skip to the next song.
  • three presses to go back to the previous song.
  • hold down to switch between active noise cancellation and adaptive ambient sound mode.
  • Swipe up or down to raise or lower the volume.
  • Furthermore, you can also use the famous command Hey Sirito ask your AirPods Pro what you want through your voice.

AirPods Pro Gestures

Battery and charging case

In wireless headphones, having a good autonomy is key, and although the AirPods Pro 1 did not have a bad battery life, on the contrary, the AirPods Pro 2 far exceed it. According to the Cupertino company, the first generation could offer up to 4 and a half hours of content reproduction, while the second generation ascend to the 6 hours of playback on a single charge. Now, both reach 30 hours with the charges provided by the case.

One of the novelties of these second generation AirPods Pro in relation to the battery is the way that users will be able to charge them. The case can no longer only be charged through the lightning portwith wireless charging either MagSafebut now it is also compatible with apple watch charger. With this, what Apple is looking for is that users can charge their headphones with any of the chargers they use for other Apple devices.

AirPods Pro 2 Case

Since we are talking about the charging case, this has also undergone different modifications beyond the design that now has a slit to be able to anchor it to different accessories. This new second generation AirPods Pro charging case has a speaker that will allow users to find the AirPods Pro much more easily through the Search app, since the sound they emit through these is quite loud.


When we talked about noise cancellation we mentioned the comfort section, obviously caused by the presence of the popular pads. Well, these have caused many users to not be able to use these headphones because, either they were not entirely comfortable for them, or even because they fell out of the ears because they did not fit well.

AirPods Pro 2 and iPhone

For this, Apple has tried to find a solution and for this reason, now the second generation AirPods Pro include up to 4 different types of pads, which are the XS, S, M and L. In fact, many users who previously had the first generation AirPods Pro falling out of their ears can now use these headphones with the XS tips and do not have such a problem. Therefore, if you have doubts as to whether they are really going to be comfortable for you, our advice is to buy them, try them and if you are not finally convinced, you can return them within 14 days at Apple, and 30 days at Amazon, at Depending on where you bought them.

What hasn’t changed

We’ve talked about many places where the 2nd generation AirPods Pro offer something new over the 1st generation AirPods Pro. However, despite the fact that the differences are key when choosing one option or another, similar aspects must also be taken into account, since they will mark the user experience with these devices.


The first thing that jumps out at you has not changed from one device to another is the design of the earphones. Fortunately, Apple has maintained a style that, of course, is already a hallmark of the company itself. In fact, if you put the first generation next to the second, it will be very difficult to guess which is which.

AirPods Pro 1

However, despite the fact that these AirPods Pro certainly have a lot of personality thanks to the design, perhaps Apple should give the range of colors it offers a spin. At the moment, they are only available in white, both the first and second generation. However, it would be interesting if, just as the AirPods Max have a wide range of colors, these AirPods Pro have at least one black version. We will have to wait for it.


The reality is that, so far, all the points we have talked about have turned out to be good news and opinions about the AirPods Pro, both the first generation and the second generation. However, there is one aspect where Apple has a lot of work to do, and it is the microphone that both have.

According to the Cupertino company, the second generation has improved in its performance, however, in practice the reality is that it remains the same that users of the first generation AirPods Pro already had. It is true that in controlled conditions, the results are acceptable, however, as soon as you go outside with them and there is some noise or wind, the results are really poor, both in 1 and 2.


We reach the end point of the comparison, and it is the price of both headphones. Well, the first thing you have to keep in mind is that the first generation AirPods Pro they are no longer sold through the official Apple website. Even so, they are still available in stores like Amazon, with a price much lower than what they cost before. These are available from 220 eurosmore or less, and its price may vary.

AirPods Pro 2 case

On the other hand, the second generation AirPods Pro have increased their cost somewhat compared to the first generation, since they can be purchased through the Apple Store for €299, that is, a rise of 20 euros compared to what the first generation cost before they came out. It will have to be each user who decides if it is really worth paying the difference between the two to have the novelties that the second generation brings, or on the contrary, it is more than enough with the first.

My experience

Finally, I want to end this post by telling you My personal experience with the change made from the first generation AirPods Pro to the second generation. The reality is that, three years after acquiring the first generation, they continued to work perfectly, something that must be taken into account and, of course, congratulate Apple for the good work done.

AirPods ProThe experience with them could not have been better., they are used for everything and both in noise cancellation and in sound quality they offer very good benefits. However, when you put on the second generation ones, especially in the sound quality section, you notice the jump to the second of listening to a song. Noise cancellation is also superior and you notice it, but really the big change is in the sound of these headphones.

That said, if you currently have first-generation AirPods Pro and everything works perfectly for you, I really think that the change is not completely necessary, although I also think that if you give it you will not regret it. On the other hand, if you are considering buying new ones, my advice is to go for the second generation AirPods Pro.