Inside Story: USB-C AirPods Pro Case Not Available Separately Apple's recently launched second-gen AirPods Pro comes with a USB-C case, but here's why the tech giant isn't offering it as a standalone product.

AirPods Pro USB-C case

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.

AirPods Pro in case


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.

Lightning to USB-C Adapter

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.

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