Your next pair of AirPods could have a USB-C charging case. The company is planning to launch a second generation AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case later this year, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
“I think this is likely the USB-C version of the AirPods Pro 2, with mass shipments expected in 2Q23-3Q23,” Kuo said in a tweet on Friday.
The company has been transitioning away from the Lightning charging port, which the current AirPods Pro 2 case includes, over the past few years. There has been speculation that the next iPhone could have a USB-C charging port instead of the Lightning.
The move from Lightning to USB-C has been encouraged by the European Union. In November, the EU passed legislation that enforces Apple to have USB-C charging ports in its products if it wants to sell devices in the region. The move by the EU was made as an initiative to decrease the number of cables consumers collect with their various tech devices and prevent e-waste.
Apple does not plan to include a USB-C charging case with the second or third generation AirPods, Kuo said.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
More to come.