This brand new AirPods Pro 2 feature is making its way to the original AirPods Pro

This brand new AirPods Pro 2 feature is making its way to the original AirPods Pro
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One of the AirPods Pro 2's cleverest features is coming to the original AirPods Pro.

Adaptive Transparency is one of the Pro 2's most hyped features. It aims to "minimise the intensity of loud noises like sirens or power tools" which can otherwise sound uncomfortably loud when the standard transparency mode is activated. And it appears it'll soon be available on the original AirPods Pro as well as Apple's newer headphones.

MacRumors reports that owners of the original Apple noise-cancelling headphones will see an Adaptive Transparency toggle within the AirPods section of the Settings app. (You'll need the iOS 16.1 Beta to see the option.)

But does it work? The AirPods Pro 2 use a new H2 chip to enable Adaptive Transparency, but the original AirPods Pro run on the older H1 chip. So it's unclear at the moment whether this is just a bug and the option shouldn't have appeared for the older headphones after all.

Apple didn't respond to our request for comment.


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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.