Apple has taken a leap forward during its latest iPhone launch event. In a significant move, Apple bid farewell to the Lightning connector, fully embracing the universal USB-C connector. As part of this transition, Apple announced the upgraded AirPods Pro 2 featuring USB-C compatibility, Lossless Audio support, and an improved IP54 rating for enhanced durability.
The AirPods Pro 2 now boast USB-C charging case compatibility, aligning with Apple’s commitment to the versatile USB-C connector. This update ensures a seamless charging experience and greater compatibility with a wide range of devices.
Lossless Audio Support
One of the standout features of the AirPods Pro 2 is their support for Lossless Audio with a remarkable 20-bit, 48 kHz audio quality. However, there’s a caveat – this feature is exclusively compatible with the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset, slated to debut in the US early next year. The AirPods Pro 2’s integration of the H2 chip, also present in the Vision Pro, facilitates the transmission of Lossless Audio. This advancement raises questions about why this feature was absent in last year’s Lightning model.
Enhanced Durability: IP54 Rating
Apple has further solidified the AirPods Pro 2’s durability with an upgraded IP54 rating. This rating not only certifies resistance against water and sweat, as seen in the previous IPX4-rated Lightning AirPods Pro 2, but also adds dust resistance to the mix. Users can now enjoy their AirPods Pro 2 in various environments with confidence.
Additional Features for an Immersive Experience
The AirPods Pro 2 pack several additional features to enhance the overall listening experience. These include:
- Adaptive Audio: Tailoring sound output to your surroundings for an immersive experience.
- Personalized Volume: Adjusting the audio level based on your preferences, ensuring comfortable listening.
- Conversation Awareness: Allowing you to stay connected to your surroundings while enjoying your music.
Battery Life and Reverse Charging
The AirPods Pro 2 maintain their impressive battery life, offering up to 6 hours of continuous listening time, with the charging case providing an additional 30 hours of power. What’s more, users can now reverse charge their AirPods Pro 2 directly from their iPhone via the USB-C connection.
Availability and Pricing
The AirPods Pro 2 with the USB-C charging case retain their price tag of $249 (~Php14.2K) and are available in a classic white color. Consumers can get their hands on these earbuds starting September 22.