Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple’s AirPods Pro with USB-C port should be released in the second or third quarter of this year. Apple would still have no plans for non-Pro AirPods with USB-C in the near term.
Kuo reports this on Twitter. From autumn 2024, smartphones, tablets, earplugs and more such devices launched in the EU must have a USB-C connection. Apple is reportedly not waiting until the last minute to comply; the iPhone would also receive a USB-C port in 2023, according to the analyst. Apple still often uses its Lightning port, which is reversible just like USB-C. The iPad Pro is an example of an Apple device that already has USB-C. Handy techies decided not to wait for Apple.
The EU determined in 2022 that it will make USB-C mandatory on smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, e-readers, earplugs, headphones, headsets, keyboards and mice, handheld consoles, navigation systems and portable speakers from autumn 2024. This applies to new products, not existing ones. With the new rules, the EU wants to ensure that all mobile devices can be charged with the same charger, which should lead to less waste and make it easier for consumers to charge their devices without having to use different types of chargers and cables. to use.
Update, 10.31: iIn the article it was stated that Kuo spoke of autumn and of q3 and q4, but that had to be q2 and q3. This has been adjusted.