Apple AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C Charging Expected to Ship Next Quarter

Apple is reportedly preparing to release a new version of its
AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C
charging in the second or third quarter of this year, according to a tweet by
TF International’s Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo cited model numbers A3048 and A2968, which were discovered in the iOS 16.4
release candidate for developers and are believed to correspond to the new
AirPods Pro 2 and charging case, respectively.

It’s worth noting that Kuo did not reveal any other changes expected for the
new USB-C variant of Apple’s wireless earbuds, except for the replacement of
the Lightning port with USB-C charging. Kuo also mentioned that Apple has no
plans to offer USB-C versions of the AirPods 2 and AirPods 3.

In addition to the AirPods news, Kuo also recently tweeted that the iPhone 15
line will have a USB-C port, requiring a cable with a USB-C plug instead of
the proprietary Lightning plug.

Apple will use the faster USB 3.2 ports for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15
Ultra, and the slower USB 2.0 ports for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.

The move from proprietary Lightning to USB-C is due to a common charger
directive passed in the EU, which mandates a USB-C charging port for a
significant number of electronic devices to reduce electronic waste.

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