Looks like a nice budget option with the smaller screen. Will be interesting to see the new larger ones down the line.
Well I think with their last phone introduction there were no cheaper options. The price just kept climbing. Some people don't need all the bells and whistles. Some want to get into the Apple phone world without the high price tag. I think they over produced the last phones and they didn't sell as well as they pleased. People finally drew the line in the sand with the price tag.... more so that there is a budget market? It's not like they've been struggling to sell phones.
Regular or Pro? I have some regular ones and nice for an occasional call, also nice for listening to something without disturbing everyone and still being able to hear what's going on around you. Not super comfortable for a long time. I could see them working well for just being outside, but if running anything motorized it would drown them out easily. Not sure how good the noise canceling of the Pro is if it would allow them to work while trimming/mowing. I have a pair of Beats Studio's I've used to drown out my mower.I have been stealing my wife's airpods quite a bit lately to do yard work with. Apple made them quite nice.