Apple has launched a limited-edition version of its noise-canceling AirPods Pro earbuds in multiple Asian countries to celebrate China’s upcoming New Year in 2021.
The limited-edition earbuds feature an adorable Ox emoji character engraved on the charging case because 2021 is the Year of the Ox (more on that later). The same charming icon is found on the AirPods box, in red. Other than those engravings, these are the regular AirPods Pro you’ve known and loved complete with noise cancellation, force controls, Hey Siri and more.
You can order the limited-edition AirPods Pro in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. They’er priced at RMB 1,999 in mainland China, which works out to about $310. In Hong Kong, they’re priced at HK 1,999 (about $257). They”ll ship immediately, but be advised that you cannot purchase more than two units in a single order. Customers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan can order the limited-edition earbuds with in-store pickup
Apple’s also shared a Chinese New Year gift guide with suggestions ranging from the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories to the Apple Watch, iPad, M1 Macs, iPads and more.
The year of the Ox
The first day of the Lunar New Year—which is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are cycles of the moon—will be on Friday, February 12, which is the year of the Ox. The Ox is the second of the 12-year periodic cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac and related calendar systems. For those wondering, Ox is a Chinese word that refers to cows.