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I've been switching between Apple's standard AirPods and the AirPods Pro, and there's only 1 reason you should consider buying the more expensive version

Lisa Eadicicco   

I've been switching between Apple's standard AirPods and the AirPods Pro, and there's only 1 reason you should consider buying the more expensive version
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  • If you're trying to decide whether to purchase the standard AirPods or the pricier AirPods Pro, consider how important noise cancellation is to you.
  • There are several features that differentiate the AirPods from the AirPods Pro, but noise cancellation is the most noticeable one by far.
  • Otherwise, the AirPods Pro offer a new design with an in-ear fit and slightly improved audio quality among other changes.
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Those in the market for a pair of AirPods now have more choice than ever before.

There's the $160 standard AirPods, which Apple refreshed earlier this year, the $200 second-generation AirPods that come with a wireless charging case, and the $250 AirPods Pro. The latter represent a more significant update to Apple's original AirPods that offer a new in-ear design, active noise cancellation, and resistance to sweat and water.

If you're struggling to decide between the AirPods and AirPods Pro, the biggest factor to take into account is how important noise cancellation is to you. The AirPods Pro offer several upgrades over Apple's standard pair, but noise cancellation is the most noticeable one that truly sets the Pro model apart from the regular version.

Both types of AirPods also support the same features that make Apple's wireless earbuds stand out in the first place, like the ability to automatically connect with your iPhone once you flip open the case.

Here's a closer look at how the AirPods Pro compare to their less expensive predecessors.

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