Adding wireless charging to your AirPods will cost $69

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Why do you do this to us, Apple?
Photo: Apple

Apple’s new Wireless Charging Case for AirPods will go on sale this December, according to a report out of Europe, which sites Apple Switzerland. The device is expected to cost $69, which is the same amount you’ll pay to replace a standard case if you lose it.

That might sound like a good deal, but it’s not. It’s a terrible deal, and it’s further evidence that Apple’s prices are getting out of hand. Here’s why.

AirPods cost $159, and come with a standard case that requires a Lightning cable for charging. As things stand, Apple reportedly has no plans to sell AirPods with the Wireless Charging Case, so it will be available as an optional accessory.

That means that if you want AirPods that charge wirelessly, you’ll have to cough up $159 for the earphones themselves, which some might say are already overpriced — plus an additional $69 for the Wireless Charging Case. That takes the total cost to $228.

I don’t care who you are, that’s a lot to pay for wireless earphones — especially when you consider you can get an Apple Watch Series, which comes with a wireless charger by default, for an additional $20.

It wouldn’t be so bad if you could get the case cheaper by buying it with AirPods, but you’re forced to buy AirPods at full price and the case separately. And it seems crazy to pay $69 for what is essentially a piece of plastic with a charging coil in it.

Will you be getting one?

Source: MacPrime

Via: AppleInsider

  • Could you please share your reporting source for this statement: “Apple reportedly has no plans to sell AirPods with the Wireless Charging Case.”

    • KillianBell

      The source is mentioned in the story and linked at the bottom of the post.

      • That appears to be the source for the article as a whole. There is no mention in the article that could be construed as Apple reportedly having no plans to sell the pods with the charging case included. I’m looking for a primary source for that particular claim.

  • Solublepeter

    Try a simple test- does what you are saying sound stupid? Then its probably not true.
    I am prepared to bet that AirPods will be made available with a wireless charging case, as any other plan would be obviously daft.

    The cost quoted here is to replace the wired case with a wireless-charging one.

    • Solublepeter

      Also, there is this line on the AirPods product page… “AirPods with wireless charging capabilities coming in 2018” that implies they will be sold as one item.

  • Bespin

    Well that’s less than you pay to add Apple fast charging dongles to the newly announced iPhones. I can wireless charge I don’t due to included USB-C fast charge. Wonder what air power will cost?

    Where do included old air pod cases go after people buy this $69 one?