As part of the significant shift to USB-C with the iPhone 15, Apple also extended this change to its most recent AirPods Pro wireless ANC headphones, featuring a USB-C charging case. Although these headphones were released just over a week ago, they are already available at a discounted price of $200 on Amazon, constituting a substantial 20 percent reduction.
The Transition to USB-C Charging for AirPods Pro Was Long Anticipated, Offering Cable Clutter Reduction and Compatibility with iPhone 15.
This shift also brought improvements in weatherproofing, elevating the rating from IPX4 to IP54 with dust protection. The updated model shares the H2 chip with the Vision Pro headset, ensuring compatibility with upcoming low-latency lossless audio features. However, this change caused some controversy, as the previous AirPods Pro with a Lightning charging case won’t function with the Vision Pro.
Apart from these updates, the new AirPods Pro largely resemble their 2nd-generation predecessor. Compared to the first-gen AirPods Pro, they deliver superior audio quality and active noise cancellation (ANC). Their transparency mode provides a remarkably natural sound, allowing users to hear themselves clearly without needing to raise their voice, sometimes feeling as if the earbuds aren’t worn at all. The inclusion of features like hands-free Siri access, seamless device switching via iCloud, and additional volume control adds to their convenience.
While owners of the 2nd-gen AirPods Pro may not find it necessary to upgrade, the $50 discount on this relatively new product is an enticing offer for those seeking a new pair. However, this sale may not last long.