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Bose Earbuds 700 vs Apple AirPods Pro (2021): Comparing the Upcoming and New True Wireless Earbuds

Bose is set to roll out its flagship true wireless earbuds called the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700. However, there’s no word on when to expect them to hit the shelves. All we’ve got is a vague release date of “later in 2020.” The question then is, are they worth waiting for? After all, there are good options in the market already, such as Apple’s AirPods Pro. Among other things, these also offer active noise cancellation, a defining feature of the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700.

We’ve collated what we know so far about Bose’s upcoming earbuds. That way, you can decide whether to nab a pair that’s readily available like the AirPods Pro or wait for the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs Apple AirPods Pro Comparison Chart

ModelBose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700Apple AirPods Pro
 Bose Earbuds 700Apple AirPods Pro
PriceComing SoonCheck Price
ControlsTouch and VoiceForce Sensor and Voice
ConnectivityBluetoothBluetooth 5.0
Active Noise CancellationYesYes
Weightn/aPer Earbud: 5.4 g

 

Charging Case: 45.6 g

Water and Dust Resistancen/aIPX4
Battery Lifen/aListening: Up to 5 Hours

 

ANC and Transparency Mode: Up to 4.5 Hours

Talk Time: Up to 3.5 Hours

Wireless Chargingn/aYes
Year of Release20202019
Colorsn/aWhite

Design

Both the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 and Apple AirPods Pro sport their brands’ iconic looks.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs Apple AirPods Design
Bose’s Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 are likely to have the same design as its other upcoming pair, the Earbuds 500 (in photo).

There’s not much to go by about the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700. Bose has revealed more about its other upcoming true wireless pair the Earbuds 500, and even then, there’s little to no info to work with. Based on the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700’s sketch and an early look at the Earbuds 500, it’s safe to say that the two will have more or less the same design.

On the other hand, the AirPods Pro have that unmistakable Apple look and feel. In other words, they’re sleek and premium to the touch. They also have shafts, albeit shorter, similar to earlier models.

It’s unclear what degree of water and dust resistance the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 will have. However, they may have at least an IPX4 rating since they’re taking design cues from the Earbuds 500, whose predecessor are the SoundSport Free. Apple’s AirPods Pro have an IPX4 rating, for the record.

Performance

The Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 are expected to deliver high-quality sound and noise cancellation.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs Apple AirPods Performance

 

Apple’s AirPods Pro (in photo) have active noise cancellation, a feature that most of Bose’s headphones can do well.

Considered as its answer to the Apple AirPods Pro, Bose is going all out with the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700. Straight from the horse’s mouth, you can expect noise cancellation on par with Bose’s “most powerful banded headphones.” And that’s really saying a lot.

Bose’s name is synonymous with excellent noise cancellation, but it’s never released a pair of true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC). Odd, but that’s just how it is. Of course, that’s all about to change with the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700.

Sound quality on the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 will most likely be up to standard compared to other Bose headphones. You can assume that it’ll be better than the Earbuds 500’s, which is one of the distinguishing factors between the two earbuds besides ANC.

Meanwhile, Apple’s AirPods Pro aren’t getting left behind in the noise cancellation department. They also feature ANC that performs fairly well with decent sound to match. Apple isn’t really gearing them toward audiophiles, but you can still get a nice and balanced audio out of them. Last but not least, they have a new Transparency mode as well, so you can still hear ambient noise while listening to music.

Controls

The Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, as well as the Earbuds 500, will have touch controls.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs Apple AirPods Controls

 

While Bose is going with touch controls on the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, Apple is using force sensors for the AirPods Pro (in photo).

When it comes to controls, Bose is going to use “intuitive touch controls” for the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700. This is something that its other true wireless earbuds, the SoundSport Free, don’t have. It’s also adding access to Google Assistant for voice control.

In contrast, Apple fitted the AirPods Pro with stems that house force sensors. That means you’re going to work with pressure-sensitive controls. For instance, one squeeze will pause or play a track and a long squeeze will let you toggle between noise cancellation and Transparency mode. All in all, they’re a bit confusing to use, but they shouldn’t be a problem after getting accustomed to them. It also goes without saying that they have the hands-free “Hey Siri” function.

Battery Life

A five-hour battery life is par for the course for an average pair of true wireless earbuds.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs Apple AirPods Battery Life

 

Apple’s AirPods Pro (in photo) last up to five hours, and Bose’s Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 will likely offer the same.

Just how long the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 can go on a single charge is still up in the air. However, if the SoundSport Free’s battery life is any indication, then they should last at least five hours.

In comparison, the Apple AirPods Pro have a battery life of up to five hours. Their charging case can provide up to 24 hours’ worth of juice to boot. Five minutes of charging in the case will also give the earbuds one hour of listening time. One downside is the charging case still needs a Lightning cable, but it’s a nonissue if you’re in the Apple ecosystem.

Verdict

The Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 are worth a shot.

Price is among the most important factors to consider here, and the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 are expected to be more expensive than Apple’s AirPods Pro. That said, Bose’s upcoming flagship earbuds are worth the wait. You’ll likely get superb noise cancellation and first-rate sound quality you’d expect from its products. However, you’ll have to put aside your spending money for the AirPods Pro and save up a little more in the meantime until they become available.

FAQs

📌 Which one is more expensive, the Bose Earbuds 700 or the Apple AirPods Pro?

The Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 are expected to be more expensive than the Apple AirPods Pro.

📌 Is it worth it to wait for the Bose Earbuds 700?

Bose’s upcoming flagship earbuds are worth the wait. They’ll give you superb noise cancellation and first-rate sound quality that’s expected from Bose.

📌 Which one has better battery life, the Bose Earbuds 700 or the Apple Airpods?

The Bose Earbuds 700 is expected to last at least five hours on a single charge, just like the Bose Earbuds 500. The Apple AirPods Pro also have a battery life of up to five hours although their charging case can provide up to 24 hours’ worth of juice to boot.

📌 What special features can you expect the Bose Earbuds 700 to have?

The Bose Earbuds 700 will be the first earphones from the brand to have active noise cancellation (ANC).

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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