Why we're unexpectedly excited about Apple's AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro
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Apple has just announced a top-end addition to its AirPods range, and we've got mixed feelings about them. See, we've always been a little bemused by the runaway global success of AirPods. They might be top of your list when you're looking for Apple Black Friday deals, but we haven't previously been so keen.

Everything about them seems awful: the hard plastic case, the stupid arms that dangle out of your ears, the need to charge them after a few hours of playback, the fact that you can only get them in white because that's the way Apple's done things since the original iPod.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.