None of the above features are found in the original AirPods, but the AirPods 3 add many of them, though generally less advanced than those found in the new AirPods Pro 2. Let’s take a look at the features found in both of Apple’s wireless earbuds and perform comparisons and contrasts to give you a better idea of what to expect from each. A full review of Apple’s latest AirPods will be out soon, but in the meantime you can check out our AirPods Pro 2 guide and AirPods 3 review to help you make your buying decision.
With the introduction of AirPods Pro 2, Apple now has a wide range of AirPods to choose from. But with the AirPods Max still priced high, most people will be wondering if the Apple AirPods 3 or AirPods Pro 2 are the better option. The difference between the original Apple AirPods (2019) and the AirPods Pro is significant, and the same is true for the AirPods Pro 2. The new Pro version includes noise cancellation, custom ear tips (including a new ultra-compact option for petite ears), adaptive transparent mode that handles ambient noise, spatial audio support with new personalization features, capacitive touch controls that adjust volume with a quick swipe, and more.
According to Apple, this allows for twice the noise cancellation compared to the AirPods Pro (2019). A related benefit is the adaptive transparency mode. This is said to be effective enough to temporarily eliminate the noise of passing heavy equipment during commutes.
Apple AirPods 3 vs AirPods Pro 2: Noise Cancellation
Like the AirPods Pro (2019), the AirPods Pro 2 feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). This feature is missing from his AirPods 3. Using earbuds provides some protection from noise, but ANC cuts through annoyances like engine roars from commuter trains, buses, and planes, nearby chatter, and bad music playing on Jim’s house sound system effectively remove it. AirPods Pro 2 have upgraded ANC with a new H2 chip that delivers advanced computer audio.
Apple AirPods 3 vs. AirPods Pro 2: Design and comfort
Both the AirPods 3 and the new AirPods Pro 2 share the same protruding stick design, so choosing between the two takes some getting used to. Interchangeable ear tips help you find the best and most secure ear fit.
A tight fit may not sound like a deal breaker, but if you go jogging and your earbuds fall to the floor, you’ll understand why it matters. Also with the new Pro 2, Apple has added extra-small ear tip options. This means an even wider range of ear canal sizes can now be accommodated.