Apple’s recent update to its technology landscape includes the elimination of the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C for both the new iPhones and the AirPods Pro 2.
With the USB-C charging case, the AirPods Pro 2 now support 20-bit, 48 kHz Lossless Audio. However, there’s a catch – this feature is exclusively compatible with the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset, set to launch in the US early next year.
Apple attributes this Lossless Audio transmission capability to the H2 chip found in both the AirPods Pro 2 and the Vision Pro headset. This raises questions about why this feature was absent from the previous Lightning model.
The AirPods Pro 2 with the USB-C connector also come with a significant update to their IP rating, now boasting an IP54 rating. This means they offer enhanced dust resistance in addition to the water and sweat resistance of the previous IPX4-rated Lightning AirPods Pro 2. Additionally, the AirPods Pro 2 now support Adaptive Audio, Personalized Volume, and Conversation Awareness.
Battery life remains unchanged, with 6 hours of listening time, extendable to 30 hours with the case. An added convenience is the ability to reverse charge your AirPods Pro 2 from your iPhone using the USB-C connection.
Priced at $249, the AirPods Pro 2 with the USB-C charging case are available in the classic white color and will be available for sale alongside the new Apple watches on September 22.