With the big switch to USB-C on the iPhone 15, Apple also made the same change to its latest AirPods Pro wireless ANC headphones, with a USB-C charging case. They only just came out over a week ago, but you can already grab them on sale for $200 at Amazon — a very solid 20 percent discount.
The switch to a USB-C charging case for the AirPods Pro was telegraphed well in advance thanks to various leaks, and we even saw a homemade version from the same guy who adapted an older iPhone to USB-C. The change should (eventually) eliminate a lot of cable clutter, and you can even charge the earbuds directly from an iPhone 15.
Along with the new port, Apple also upgraded both the case and earbuds weatherproofing, boosting the rating from IPX4 to IP54 with dust protection. Apple also revealed that the new model carries the same H2 chip as the Vision Pro headset, so it will support low-latency lossless audio in that device when it launches next year. That did create some controversy, though, as the previous AirPods Pro with a Lightning charging case won’t work with Vision Pro.
Otherwise, they’re much the same as the previous 2nd-generation version. Compared to the first-gen AirPods Pro, they offer better audio quality and active noise cancellation (ANC) performance. They have the most natural-sounding transparency mode of any we’ve tested, meaning you can hear yourself so well you don’t need to shout, and at times, it sounds like you aren’t even wearing them. Conveniences like hands-free access to Siri, seamless switching between iCloud-connected devices and the added volume control also come in handy.
If you already have the 2nd-gen AirPods Pro it’s probably not worth getting these. But if you’re in the market for a new pair, now is the time to buy, as $50 off is a stellar deal for such a new product — but the sale probably won’t last long.