We recently reported that the iPhone 15 series will be using USB-C port due to a European Union’s law that require most electronic devices to use USB-C starting autumn 2024 and this gives Apple no choice but to comply.
Since the law applies to most electronic devices, in the future, all Apple devices will have to start using USB-C as well. Judging by the rumour we have today, the next device to use it will be the company’s wireless earbuds.
According to a Twitter user, @aaronp613, he spotted that the recently rolled out iOS 16.4 release candidate for developers, made references to new AirPods with model code A3048 and a new AirPods case bearing model designation A2968.
A well-known Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted that those designations are probably referring to AirPods Pro 2, which were released last year with a Lightning port, will now come with a USB-C port, and they are anticipated to be shipped in large quantities during the second or third quarter of 2023.
He also added that Apple has no plans to release USB-C versions of AirPods 2 and 3. This suggests that AirPods Pro 2 will be the first true wireless earbuds to shift from a Lightning port to a USB-C port.
There’s no additional information provided by Kuo regarding the specifics of the USB-C version of AirPods Pro 2, and it remains uncertain whether only the charging case will feature USB-C or if there will be any alterations made to the hardware.