Apple’s biggest announcement last week at its “Wonderlust” event was, without a doubt, the iPhone 15’s change to USB-C, which is already having a ripple effect, as the AirPods Pro are also ditching Lightning for the port upgrade. Now, surprisingly, you can preorder the new second-gen AirPods Pro with USB-C ahead of its September 22nd release date for $199.99 ($50 off) at Best Buy.
The AirPods Pro are the first of Apple’s wireless earbuds and headphones to get the USB-C treatment — other than that, they’re mostly the same second-gen Pros you can already get with a Lightning port on the case. I say mostly because the new AirPods Pro also get dust resistance and future support for lossless audio with the upcoming Vision Pro VR headset. On the software front, the new USB-C-ified AirPods have three new features: Adaptive Audio, Personalized Volume, and Conversation Awareness. Thankfully, these are also coming to the older Lightning version with iOS 17, but if you want USB-C, you’ll have to pony up for a whole new set of earbuds.
While the new iPhones’ USB-C charging will be a welcome change for many, Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging is sticking around to help bridge the gap between new and old iPhone models. One of the best multi-chargers you can get for home or travel, the Anker 3-in-1 Cube with MagSafe, is selling for $119.96 ($30 off) at Amazon and Anker — one of its best prices to date.
Anker’s cube has full MagSafe support, meaning it can wirelessly charge a compatible iPhone at 15W, and it also has wireless charging spots for an Apple Watch and a pair of AirPods. While many three-in-one chargers are fairly large pads designed for a desk or bedside table, the Anker Cube is quite compact and more travel-friendly. It even comes with a 30W USB-C power adapter to deliver all the juice you need to your three devices.