Changes to the iPhone 15 and AirPods: USB-C becomes the standard
- The four iPhone 15 models slated to hit the market next week are all expected to feature a USB-C port instead of the current Lightning port.
- According to a report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple plans to announce updated AirPods with a USB-C charging case at its event on Tuesday, September 12, at the Steve Jobs Theater.
- It remains unclear whether the updated AirPods will have any additional new features or changes beyond a USB-C charging case.
Changes for the iPhone 15 and AirPods
As expected, Apple is kitting out all four models of the upcoming iPhone 15 with a USB-C port, bidding goodbye to the old Lightning port. Today's Bloomberg's Mark Gurman report disclosed that Apple plans to introduce updated AirPods with a USB-C charger at its event. The event is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 12, at the Steve Jobs Theater.
Details about the updated AirPods
The report doesn't include any further details about the updated AirPods, and it's uncertain whether it applies to the standard AirPods and/or the AirPods Pro. However, either model must ultimately be fitted with USB-C charging cases to match the iPhone 15 models. Gurman and other sources previously claimed that the AirPods Pro would be updated with a USB-C charging case this year. Hints of new AirPods and a new charging case were found already in March on the iOS 16.4 version.
Switching other Apple products to USB-C
There are several other Apple products and accessories that must transition from Lightning to USB-C, should they continue to be marketed, such as the AirPods Max, the MagSafe Battery Pack, the Magic Mouse, the Magic Keyboard, the Magic Trackpad, different adaptors and more. Apple had updated the Siri Remote with a USB-C port just last year.
In a nutshell
So, Apple is planning updates for both the iPhone 15 and the AirPods, and it will be interesting to see whether these changes prove effective in practice. While some may still have to adapt to the new USB-C world, this move appears to be a necessary step towards the future given the industry-wide acceptance of USB-C.
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