15 September Which Is Best: The New Or The Old? September 15, 2020By ICI Administrator Aspire 0 By Olivia Burgin, The Institute of Civil Infrastructure, Courses and Events Coordinator Whether it’s focusing on a task, going to the gym, taking important phone calls or zoom meetings, all of us use earphones one way or another throughout the day. However, finding the right pair can be tough, so we are here to discuss whether it’s worth it to splurge on a good pair or go for something a little cheaper. In March 2020, Apple debuted their second-generation earbuds, known more formally as ‘AirPod Pro’. This update features a new design, look and feel, as well as improvements to battery life, and noise cancellation, not only are the earbuds ‘exceptionally easy to use’, but they represent a culmination of years of work on true wireless technology. However, there is more to consider. Difference No.1 – Noise Cancellation Probably the most noticeable comparison that can be drawn is that the AirPods Pro actually use active noise cancellation. Alongside that feature, the noise cancellation levels on the Pro can be customized, and can even be turned off completely! The regular AirPods, unfortunately, don’t have any active noise cancellation, and can only offer a noise reduction made effective by their fitted seal. Difference No. 2 – Water Resistance If you’re an energetic person, or a gym fanatic, our recommendation is that you should undoubtedly pick up the AirPods Pro as they’re water-resistant, as opposed to the older AirPods. However, that doesn’t mean you should take your new high-end AirPods Pro in the pool with you – if they fall out or stay submerged too long, they will be destroyed! Difference No. 3 – Look and Feel The aesthetic differences are up to personal opinion, but the AirPods Pro are a bit shorter and stouter than the regular AirPods. Both look somewhat futuristic, which some find unattractive, and others quite enjoy! Either way, both models are unmistakably 'Apple'. Difference No. 4 - Price At $399, the AirPods Pro are significantly more expensive than the regular AirPods $249 that come with a standard case. If you want to swap out the regular case for the wireless charging case, the price of the regular AirPods jumps to $319, putting it within arm's reach of the AirPods Pro. It's worth mentioning that both earbud models are said to be getting an upgrade very soon, with rumours of an AirPods 3 and an AirPods Pro Lite. The choice will be different for everyone. If you’re bothered by distractions at work while using your current earbuds, need better equipment for the gym or have sensitive ears, it’s probably worth paying that tiny bit more for the Apple AirPods Pro. But if your main concerns are sound quality or battery life, you can save yourself a lot of money by sticking with the basic AirPods. Related Posts There are five kinds of people in your organisation. Which one are you? You have probably seen a similar version to this, eg there are three kinds of people. Those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and there are those that say “what the #$@! happened”. I’m talking about the five kinds of people in your organisation when it comes to leadership. How to Save Money on Your Food Budget Now more than ever, families need to look at ways in which they can save money on their weekly grocery bills. We have placed together a number of steps that can see you not only decreasing your food budget but saving for that much needed holiday, renovation or new home. Four Tips to Increase Your Energy Your own health and wellbeing often an overlooked element of being a high performing leader or employee. Today we start your journey by focusing on 4 key steps to put you in the optimum state in order to give your team the best version of you every day. The Single Most Important Element Of Any Professional Development You want to learn new skills, grow your capability and position yourself for more responsibility in a higher role. You seek professional development options, of which there is a myriad of options available to you. What is the key element in taking this step? What one single factor is the difference between development that will see you soar as opposed to sink? Annual Performance Review Tips As a manager or as an employee, this time of year brings annual performance reviews. Often seen as a mundane “tick-the-box” exercise, we explore how to maximise this for the benefit of both the organisation and the employee. If you could do just one thing today, what would it be? In his book ‘Essentialism’ Greg McKeown tells the story of how, just a couple of hundred years ago, the word ‘priority’ meant the single most important thing. Then we messed with it and invented a word called ‘priorities’ which as we now know means lots of most important things. If you could do just one thing today, what would it be? Comment (0) Comments are closed.