This week, Apple released its final iOS 16.4 beta to developers and public beta users and the update came with references to new Beats Studio+ earbuds, as well as potential new AirPods. This tidbit of information was then picked up and reported on by prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a tweet, who suggested that the new AirPods referenced in this update are likely the USB-C version of AirPods Pro 2, with mass shipments expected to begin in the second or third quarter of 2023. Kuo also clarified that there are currently no plans to release a USB-C version of AirPods 2 or 3.
The AirPods that were referenced in iOS 16.4 have the model number A3048 and a case model number of A2968, although some remain puzzled as to why there is a new model number for the AirPods, in addition to the new case model number. But one thing is for certain – Apple is transitioning its products, including the iPhone 15 lineup and also most of its accessories, to USB-C.
This direction by Apple is partly due to the new European Union regulations that require companies to comply with the mandate before the December 28, 2024 deadline. Kuo has suggested in the past that AirPods Pro will be the first to switch over to USB-C, and this would be followed by AirPods 2 and 3 at a later date.
We are now getting closer to the potential launch of USB-C AirPods, and it is certainly an exciting time to follow what Apple do. We will be keeping tabs on any further announcements from the tech giant and will keep you posted if there are any more developments. In the meantime, why not leave us a comment with your thoughts on the upcoming USB-C AirPods?