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AirPods Pro update screws up noise cancelling (report)

Back in December, Apple released a firmware update for its excellent AirPods Pro true wireless earbuds. This usually isn’t big news, but it might just be the cause of allegedly worse noise cancellation quality, currently being experienced by both professional reviewers and everyday users.

According to Rtings (via The Verge), the site which originally broke the story, their re-test of the AirPods Pro, after the 2C54 firmware update (which Apple has since stopped sending to AirPods but without a given reason), revealed that something had changed. While the bass performance and frequency consistency have improved according to this repeated review, an update note on the Noise Isolation section states that there has been “a fairly significant drop in isolation performance, primarily in the bass-range”, therefore making the AirPods worse in common situations like travelling on planes or buses.

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