Why can’t I get AirPods Pro 2 in great colors in this post-AirPods Max world?

I’m looking forward to AirPods Pro 2As someone who’s used AirPods Pro as everyday driver earbuds for a few years, despite the emergence of many more advanced and impressive competitors (I wrote a little bit about why here).

I don’t mind at all that the material design hasn’t changed – I wasn’t desperate for a design that didn’t stick to it or anything else. I really like the zipped controls in AirPods Pro (2019), because it is basically impossible to accidentally operate it, working with or without gloves. Without the stems, you lose those controls, so I have absolutely no beef with the new AirPods Pro looking exactly the same as before.