Mark Gurman revealed today that Apple plans to bring USB-C ports to the AirPods and AirPods Max as early as 2024.
According to Gurman, the company is apparently working on switching all of its Lightning-based accessories to USB-C. The AirPods Pro will be the first to make the switch to the new interface, and it will launch alongside the iPhone 15 lineup at Apple’s Sept. 13 event. Other AirPods models will follow, as soon as next year.
Unfortunately, Gurman says that the new AirPods Pro won’t offer “any other major new hardware updates”. In the long run, Apple plans to bring health features to its AirPods, including temperature measurement, hearing tests, and more, and those upgrades could come sometime in the future after the entire lineup switches to USB-C.
The AirPods Pro, which is currently on sale, was released in September of last year and supports personalized spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, active noise cancellation with adaptive pass-through mode functionality, 6 hours of listening time on a single charge, and a MagSafe charging case with its own speaker and lanyard holes.