Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro are now in the hands of customers, and one notable new tidbit that has emerged is that the MagSafe Charging Case can broadcast its charging status to the iOS battery widget, even when the AirPods are in your ears.

airpods 2 batteries widget
With other AirPods models, including the first-generation AirPods Pro, users must place the earbuds in the charging case to get a reading of the battery status of the case itself. With AirPods Pro 2, the battery widget will now show you the status of both the charging case and the AirPods, regardless of whether the earphones are in the case.

The AirPods Pro 2 case includes a built-in U1 chip that enables Find My with Precision Finding for accurate positioning. It therefore seems likely that the U1 chip enables the charging case to broadcast its battery status over high-frequency Ultra Wideband instead of having to rely on a Bluetooth connection via AirPods.

Priced at $249, AirPods Pro 2 can be ordered from Apple’s website and picked up at Apple Stores. Are you a new owner of AirPods Pro 2? Let us know what your first impressions are in the comments.

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