Apple on Tuesday made second-generation AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case available to order, but unlike its move to wireless charging cases, the company isn’t offering the USB-C case as a standalone purchase.
Apple’s decision not to offer the USB-C case as a separate purchase is likely a marketing one related to the fact that the updated second-generation AirPods Pro feature improved IP54-rated dust resistance, and will support up to 4 hours of lossless audio with ultra-low latency when connected to the Apple Vision Pro headset launching in early 2024.
Similarly odd (but unsurprising?) that if you want a USB-C charging case you need a whole new $249 pair. Apple isn’t selling a standalone case like they did with the move to wireless charging cases. https://t.co/XXANobWF4M https://t.co/7aNV0ysjrw
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) September 13, 2023
Regardless, the lack of an option to purchase the USB-C case separately is likely to frustrate customers who already own second-generation AirPods Pro with a Lightning port and plan to upgrade to an iPhone 15, which features a USB-C port for the first time. Those wanting to charge all their devices with one cable will need to buy the new USB-C to Lightning adapter ($29), while those who want to future-proof for Apple Vision Pro compatibility will have to buy a completely new pair of AirPods Pro costing $249.Related Roundups: AirPods Pro, Apple Vision ProTags: USB-C, September 2023 Apple EventBuyer’s Guide: AirPods Pro (Neutral)Related Forums: AirPods, Apple Vision Pro
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