Lightning may still be supported by the new AirPods Pro 2 charging case, which will be released in 2022.
Apple is projected to release a new model of AirPods later this year, which is likely to be the last to incorporate the lightning cable. Apple will roll out USB-C charging cases for all AirPods models in 2023, claims analyst Ming-Chu Kuo. The brand-new AirPods Pro 2 charging case from 2H22 might still work with Lightning.
According to reports, the supply chain analyst has been keeping a close eye on Apple’s intentions to switch all of its accessories to USB-C charging. According to Kuo’s forecast from back in May, Apple peripherals like the Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and others would soon begin supporting USB-C charging. As soon as the iPhone makes that transition, the rest of Apple’s accessories will follow.
The first big piece of Apple gear to support USB-C charging was the iPad Pro in 2018. One of the factors driving Apple’s change is regulation. Officials in Europe are thinking of requiring Apple to use the current USB-C mobile standard. While USB-C supports data transfer rates of up to 40Gbps, Lightning is limited to 480Mbps. Another variation between the two standards is in the way power is delivered. Power supplies of up to 240W/5A and 100W/3A are supported with USB-C. These cables cannot be used for quick charging because the Lightning port’s power output is restricted to 12W/2.4A.
These modifications almost certainly result from European regulators’ efforts to pressure Apple into switching to a universally accepted charger. If Apple’s newest AirPods model has a lightning charging port, it might make the device completely useless in the eyes of those who are paying attention. If a new charging standard will be ready in less than six months, what purpose is it to buy an attachment? Since the AirPods Max already utilize the USB-C standard, you’re secure there.