All new AirPods models that will hit the market from 2023 can be charged using a USB-C cable. It is in any case announced by a famous Apple analyst: Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple would thus respond to a new European law making such a charging port compulsory from 2024.
Apple has long been a fan of the Lightning charging cable. Even though some devices have switched to USB-C like MacBooks, Apple is sticking with its own charging cable for most of its devices.
However, the European Union wants to change things since for consumers, switching from one brand to another causes a lot of inconvenience and tons of electronic waste. As a result, Europe has decided to make USB-C charging ports mandatory within the European Union from 2024. And this concerns smartphones, tablets and all other small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.
And among the portable electronic devices of small and medium size, we obviously find the AirPods of Apple. In this regard, the famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo assures that Apple will not wait until 2024 to comply with the requirements of the European Union.
“I predict that Apple will launch USB-C compatible charging cases for all AirPods models by 2023. The new AirPods Pro 2 charging case, which will be launched in the second half of 2022, can still support Lightning technology,” he wrote on Twitter. Kuo previously announced that Apple would add a USB-C charging port to its iPhone 15 line in 2023.