In the wee hours of September 8, 2022, Apple revealed the long-awaited AirPods Pro 2 and the pre-orders opened up at 10pm AEST on Friday, September 9. The brand-new Apple 'buds are now available to pre-order directly from the maker, and also from several leading Aussie retailers, before they begin shipping from September 23.
- Pre-oder the Apple AirPods Pro 2 from the Apple Store for AU$399 (opens in new tab)
While we wait for the AirPods Pro 2 to start shipping, let's get you up to speed on what we know about the latest true wireless 'buds from Apple.
The second-generation model is essentially replacing the 2019 version of the AirPods Pro and will cost you the same AU$399 as before. The original 'buds have been extremely popular and we think the AirPods Pro 2 will also hit the ground running and fly off both physical and electronic shelves. We also think they're in contention for being one of the best true wireless headphones this year, if not one the best headphones, period.
While they might resemble the older model externally, the internals are all brand-spanking new. And that starts with Apple's H2 chip that promises better connectivity, plus a new low-distortion driver and custom amp for better sound quality. They'll also keep playing for longer, with up to 6 hours from the 'buds alone and an additional 30 hours from the case itself... which, by the way, has its own speaker! Apple has also upped the ante in terms of noise cancellation, promising that twice as much noise will now be blocked as compared to the previous iteration.
That's a pretty impressive update for the same price of AU$399.
Apple AirPods Pro 2 pre-orders
Apple: preorder now for AU$399 (opens in new tab)
Of course, the Apple Store is one of the first places where you can pre-order the AirPods Pro 2. The company has already listed the 'buds on its Australian site and all early adopters can get their order in now.
Amazon: pre-order for AU$399 (opens in new tab)
When pre-orders for the AirPods Pro 2 went live on September 9, Amazon had a very generous AU$80 discount. That, however, is no longer the case and the offer is no longer available. Purchasing from Amazon AU will also cost you AU$399.
JB Hi-Fi: pre-order now for AU$399 (opens in new tab)
As with Apple, JB Hi-Fi also has the new AirPods Pro 2 listed for pre-order, and it will set you back AU$399 if you want it early. Release date is also listed as September 23, but get your order in as we think these will sell like hot cakes.
The Good Guys: pre-order now for AU$399 (opens in new tab)
Another major retailer not offering a pre-order discount, but that would be a rare thing anyway. Apple fans with a Good Guys store close by can get their pre-order of the AirPods Pro 2 in for a shipping date of September 23.
Telstra: pre-order now for AU$399 (opens in new tab)
You can even head to Telstra to grab a set of AirPods Pro 2 on pre-order if you find stocks are running low elsewhere. Again, there's no pre-order discount here either, and deliveries will commence September 23.
Should I pre-order the Apple AirPods Pro 2?
Considering how popular the original AirPods Pro have been since they arrived on the scene in 2019, we're quite confident that the second-gen 'buds are going to outdo their predecessor. After all, on paper it's a far superior model with some significant upgrades inside to improve sound and performance.
And since it's the same price as the older model, there's more bang for buck here.
If you're keen on the new model, we'd definitely suggest getting your order in as soon as pre-orders go live. We'll be sure to add more retailers to this page as they become available.