Yesterday marked a monumental change at Apple – Lightning is now a thing of the past and USB-C is the measure of all things. Both the new iPhone 15 models and the iPhone 15 Pro are affected. But this also means that the AirPods Pro 2 are now also equipped with the universal connection. But that’s not the only new thing about the Apple earphones.
The Apple AirPods Pro 2 with the USB-C charging case now also supports 20-bit, 48 kHz lossless audio, but there’s a catch. The whole thing currently only works with the Apple Vision Pro headset, which is scheduled to come onto the market in the US early next year. According to Apple, the H2 chip in the AirPods Pro 2 enables lossless audio transmission. This exact chip is also installed in the Vision Pro. However, this raises the question of why this feature wasn’t present in last year’s Lightning model.
The other new feature of the Apple AirPods Pro 2 USB-C model is the updated IP54 rating for the headphones and charging case. The Lightning AirPods Pro 2 were already protected against water and sweat according to IPX4. But now there is also additional dust resistance. The new AirPods now also support Adaptive Audio, personalized volume and conversation recognition. Battery life is still rated at 6 hours of listening time and 30 hours with the case. You can also reverse charge the new Apple headphones via the USB-C port of an iPhone.
The AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C charging case still cost 279 euros and are available in a single white color. Sales start on September 22nd.