Apple Lightning-only charging case for third-gen AirPods doesn’t make sense


Apple has quietly introduced a new option for its third-generation non-Pro AirPods — a Lightning-only charging case (via MacRumors). On the face of it, that’s reasonable: forgoing wireless charging on the second-generation AirPods saved you $40. But this time you’re only saving ten dollars: They cost $169, compared to $179 for the MagSafe version (which can also be charged with a Lightning cable).

For those looking to trade convenience for savings, forgoing wireless charging was a pretty good option, saving you 20%. Now, you can just as easily save $10 on third-generation AirPods with a two-second Google search — the MagSafe versions are on sale for $169 at Amazon and Target. If you’re willing to wait, you could probably nab them for even less this holiday season if last year’s deals are anything to go by.

Even the question “Which case is right for you?” Apple’s explainer doesn’t seem keen on the Lightning-only option.

To be clear, I’m not saying this is a completely useless product; if you never use wireless charging and never intend to in the future, then of course it might be worth getting the version with the Lightning case only. But if you want to go this route, don’t just save $10.


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