Customers will not be able to purchase a standalone AirPods Pro charging case equipped with a USB-C port, Apple has confirmed following the transition of the AirPods to the universal charger. At its “Wonderlust” event today, Apple officially transitioned the iPhone and the AirPods Pro to USB-C following regulatory pressure from the EU and Saudi Arabia.
The new AirPods Pro with USB-C will begin shipping on September 22 for $249. For customers who have the AirPods Pro with the Lightning charging case, there will be no way to purchase or trade-in for a USB-C case, Apple has confirmed. Instead, customers will be required to cough up $249 for an entirely new pair of AirPods Pro.
The second-generation AirPods Pro were announced last year during the company’s iPhone 14 September event, marking the first update to the AirPods Pro since their introduction. The second-generation AirPods Pro features improved Active Noise Cancelation and Transparency Mode, an updated charging case with a speaker and a hock, and more.