Apple will transfer the AirPods and Mac peripherals to USB Type-C by 2024

Apple will transfer the AirPods and Mac peripherals to USB Type-C by 2024

Apple will move fully to USB Type-C ports in AirPods and Mac's earphones in the next couple of years, reports Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. The transition from Lightning will be linked to the EU's intention to introduce the mandatory use of USB Type-C in new smartphones, tablets and earphones sold in the region before the end of 2024. Although the document has not yet been accepted by the EU countries, it has already received the approval of the European Parliament.

In order to comply with the new rules, Gurman predicts that Apple will introduce USB Type-C in the new AirPods and AirPods Pro by 2024, and that an peripheral for Mac, including Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, will be able to receive a new port next year.

Since the release of the new iMac and Mac Pro is expected next year, and the launch of Mac's new computers usually coincides with the upgrade of the periphery, Gurman believes that the latter will receive USB Type-C in the next generation. Moreover, Gurman is confident that Apple will change the design of AirPods before EU law enters into force.

Earlier this year, Gurman suggested in his report that Apple had already started testing the iPhone with USB Type-C, but that models should not be sold until 2023. In a recent Power On mailing, he made the hypothesis that the replacement Lightning port would appear in iPhone 15 and in the iPad entry level even before the end of this year.

Other experts suggest that USB Type-C will appear only in iPhone 17 in the autumn of 2025, as the bill allows a two-year transition period for producers to allow companies, in particular Apple, to prepare for change in a slow manner. However, Gurman himself believes that Apple will make an early transition in his "most visible products".

However, he is confident that the transition will not last long because in the coming years the company will completely transfer the iPhone and iPad to wireless inductive charges, which will actually circumvent the law because it does not apply to devices that do not support the conductive charge at all.