Apple may ship AirPods Pro 2 with new technology

In a recent development, Apple may be releasing an updated version of the AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C charging. The information was discovered in the iOS 16.4 release candidate for developers, where model numbers A3048 and A2968 were found. According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s tweet, these model numbers indicate the new version of AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C charging, replacing the Lightning port. Kuo also stated that the updated AirPods Pro 2 could begin shipping in Q2 or Q3 of this year.

AirPods Pro 2 with new technology

It’s worth noting that Kuo mentioned that Apple has no plans to offer USB-C versions of the AirPods 2 and 3. This move is not surprising given that Apple has been slow to adopt USB-C technology in its products. However, this change in AirPods Pro 2’s charging port indicates Apple’s willingness to embrace USB-C technology, which is more universal and future-proof.

AirPods Pro 2

In addition to AirPods Pro 2, Kuo also shared details about the upcoming iPhone 15 line. He revealed that the iPhone 15 will have a USB-C port, but with some differences based on the model. The Pro and Ultra models will have faster USB 3.2 ports, while the regular and Plus models will have slower USB 2.0 ports.

AirPods Pro 2

Furthermore, Kuo mentioned that Apple will include a Lightning-like authenticator chip in the USB-C port and cables to limit accessories that can be used on the phones. This move is a way for Apple to continue making revenue from iPhone buyers who want to purchase new USB-C cables and accessories for their iPhone 15 series handsets.

The switch to USB-C technology is a result of the common charger directive passed in the EU to reduce electronic waste. Instead of making iPhone models with USB-C ports for one region and Lightning ports for other markets, it appears that Apple is making the change starting this year. With the inclusion of USB-C technology in the upcoming AirPods Pro 2 and iPhone 15 line, it seems that Apple is finally catching up with the rest of the tech world.

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