- The new Apple AirPods Pro second-generation model has a lightning port for the case.
- Apple might refresh the AirPods Pro with a new charging port.
- The regular AirPods might continue to offer a lightning port for the case.
Apple might launch a new pair of AirPods later this year. The company launched the AirPods Pro last year with updated hardware that claimed to enhance the sound quality while offering premium features, such as Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Transparency Mode, Spatial Audio, etc. Despite the number of numbers, what did not change is the design of the earbuds and the charging case. Apple might soon bring one minor yet key change to the AirPods Pro later this year.
The upcoming AirPods Pro might get a new charging case with the USB Type-C port. The leak comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also revealed the production details and possible launch timeline of the new Pro Apple wireless earbuds. Let’s take a look at the AirPods Pro launch timeline, leaked specs and other details known so far.
Apple AirPods Pro with USB Type-C Case Tipped
The upcoming Apple AirPods Pro might get an iterative yet significant update later this year. The charging case could get a USB Type-C port. Currently, Apple’s AirPods lineup comes with a Lightning port for charging the case. It is, other than the iPhone, the only major Apple product to not have launched with a Type-C port. The iPad and MacBook are all featuring a USB Type-C port.
According to Kuo (via), Apple will kick-off with the mass shipments of the USB Type-C AirPods Pro in the second or third quarter of 2023. At the moment, it is unknown if the upcoming premium Apple TWS earbuds will get any other hardware changes other than the new charging port.
The upcoming iPhone 15 series is also said to get the new USB Type-C port finally after Apple is forced to comply to the European Union’s law if it intends to sell any iPhones there. Therefore, it makes complete sense for the AirPods Pro to also get the new USB Type-C charging port. However, only the Pro version is said to get the universal Type-C port as the second-generation and third-generation AirPods (not Pro) will continue to feature a lightning port.
There are rumours of Apple limiting the capabilities of the Type-C port on the iPhone. However, more details about the same should surface as we inch closer to the rumoured September launch timeline.
Also read: iPhone 15 Series USB Type-C Ports Will Have Functionality Limitations: Report
Meanwhile, customers in India can buy the new AirPods Pro for Rs 26,900. The new AirPods Pro second-generation features the company’s new H2 chip, which is claimed to offer exceptional acoustic experience. ANC is also said to be twice as good compared to the original model.
The second-generation AirPods Pro support Bluetooth 5.3, Spatial Audio for personalised sound and gesture controls, including touch-based controls for volume adjustments. Apple claims that the new Pro TWS earbuds are rated to last for up to six hours on a single charge. With the charging case combined, users can expect to get up to 30 hours of battery life.
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