Whereas everyone seems to be anticipating Apple to change from Lightning to USB-C when it releases the iPhone 15 later this 12 months, a brand new report suggests it may not be the one USB-C product to make an look in 2023. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will even launch a USB-C model of the second-gen AirPods Professional Charging Case.
Kuo experiences that the brand new case, which aligns with the mannequin quantity that was spotted in the iOS 16.4 code, will ship in “2Q23-3Q23,” or between April and September. Which means it may arrive alongside the iPhone 15 on the fall occasion and start delivery in mid-September. Earlier than the 2nd-gen mannequin arrived, Apple beforehand up to date the AirPods Professional case with MagSafe charging in October 2021.
The brand new case isn’t anticipated to carry any enhancements aside from the brand new port. The second-generation AirPods Professional case contains a speaker and lanyard loop, and will also be charged with an Apple Watch charger.
Notably, Kuo additionally says Apple “presently seems to haven’t any plans for USB-C variations” of its different AirPods circumstances for the 2nd- and Third-generation fashions. That would imply Apple is planning bigger adjustments to these fashions than only a new case. (Apple is rumored to be releasing a lower-end AirPods Lite model for $99.) Or it’s attainable that the brand new case merely arrives when Apple updates the AirPods 3 subsequent 12 months.