Apple has rolled out an updated version of its second-generation AirPods Pro, which includes a USB-C charging case that offers users several new and enticing features. These advancements mark a noteworthy leap in the field of wireless audio technology. Unlike its earlier decisions to provide wireless charging cases separately, the company has opted not to make the USB-C case available as an individual purchase.
According to a recent press release, the new AirPods Pro will support 20-bit, 48 kHz lossless audio with ultra-low latency when paired with Apple’s forthcoming Vision Pro headset, set for release in early 2024. Apple envisages this blend of cutting-edge audio capabilities and the Vision Pro headset as the ultimate wireless audio experience for gaming, entertainment, and FaceTime communications.
Adding to their appeal, both the earbuds and the USB-C charging case now have upgraded IP54-rated dust resistance, offering users increased durability in challenging settings.
Apple’s decision to not market the USB-C charging case separately seems to be connected to the new earbuds’ capabilities, particularly their compatibility with the Vision Pro. This could be a stumbling block for current owners of second-gen AirPods Pro featuring a Lightning port, especially those planning to upgrade to the new iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Pro, which for the first time have a USB-C port.
If users wish for a unified cable management solution across their Apple devices, they’ll need to purchase Apple’s new USB-C to Lightning adapter at $29.
Alternatively, to fully enjoy the Vision Pro headset experience, they’ll have to invest in a completely new set of second-gen AirPods Pro with USB-C, currently available for pre-order at $249 and hitting stores on Friday, September 22.