AirPods Max and regular AirPods switching to USB-C next year
Apple plans to switch its AirPods and AirPods Max to USB-C as soon as early next year, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman on Friday.
Ahead of the iPhone maker’s highly-anticipated ‘Wonderlust’ special event next week, where Apple is expected to unveil an updated USB-C wireless charging case for the AirPods Pro, Gurman says Apple is working to quickly move all of its Lightning-based accessories to USB-C, including its full AirPods lineup.
The move is expected to be part of a wider transition away from Apple’s proprietary Lightening connector, which the European Union has required Apple to drop for its upcoming iPhone 15 series as part of its initiative to reduce electronic waste by requiring all electronic manufacturers, including Apple, to use one standardised charging method — USB-C.
Apple announced the second-generation AirPods Pro in September last year, featuring enhanced Active Noise Cancellation over the previous version with incremental new features, including upgrades to Transparency mode, Touch control for media playback and volume adjustments, and more.