As Apple reportedly plans to switch the iPhone 15 and a number of its accessories to USB-C in the coming years, the upcoming second-generation AirPods Pro charging case will continue to feature a Lightning port, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today .


In a series of tweets, Kuo reiterated his past remarks that the second-generation AirPods Pro will launch in the second half of this year. In the last few weeks, information has emerged that Apple is testing USB-C for the iPhone 15 and its accessories, including AirPods, the MagSafe Battery Pack, and Mac keyboards/trackpads, which still feature the Lightning connector.

The upcoming‌AirPods Pro‌ will not, however, mark the start of the transition towards USB-C for the AirPods line. “I predict the charging case of ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 will still support Lightning, not USB-C,” Kuo said in a tweet. All of Apple’s AirPods, including the high-end $550 AirPods Max, feature a Lightning connector for charging.

The second-generation ‌AirPods Pro‌ will be the first update to the ‌AirPods Pro‌ since their launch in 2019. The new models are expected to feature a new design that gets rid of the stem for an all-ear design, similar to the Beats Fit Pro . Health tracking capabilities, as well as an improved charging case and audio quality, are also expected. For everything we know about the upcoming ‌AirPods Pro‌, see our guide.

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