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Chris Welch has worked at The Verge since the site's founding in 2011. In the years since, he has published over 5,800 articles that range from breaking news and comprehensive reviews to useful how-tos and thoughtful analysis. Aside from his editorial duties, he's also among The Verge's most highly regarded photographers. Chris specializes in personal audio and home theater and has published numerous scoops about Sonos. You can tip him privately and securely using Signal at (845) 445-8455.

FYI: Apple’s USB-C AirPods Pro are more durable than last year’s pair.

Apple quietly snuck some hardware upgrades into its refreshed second-generation AirPods Pro — now with a USB-C port on the case.

As the tech specs page confirms, the earbuds are now rated IP54, meaning they’ve picked up dust resistance, which the Lightning set technically lacked with their IPX4 rating.

It took Ultimate Ears until 2023 to release a Bluetooth speaker with USB-C.

Very early this morning, the new UE Epicboom was announced. It’s a pricey chonk of a Bluetooth speaker that should produce some powerful sound with the help of adaptive EQ tuning.

But it turns out that somehow, this is the first Ultimate Ears portable speaker to finally make the change from Micro USB to USB-C. Thanks to the commenters who pointed that out. And praise be, UE.