Thursday, February 9, 2023

Analyst AirPods models in 2023 will switch to USB-C charging cases

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks that, starting next year, AirPods and AirPod Pros will switch from Lightning cases to USB-C charging cases.

“I predict Apple will launch USB-C-capable charging cases for all AirPods models in 2023,” he tweets. “However, the charging case of the new AirPods Pro 2 launched in 2H22 may still support Lightning.”

Speaking of the AirPods Pro 2, they are likely to be unveiled next month along with the iPhone 14 line-up and Apple Watch Series 8. The next generation of the Pro models will be equipped with a heart rate detection sensor to collect and analyze the wearer’s inner ear data to monitor heart rate, according to a June report from 52Audio. The heart rate monitoring sensor may also support temperature detection, the article adds.

And as for audio performance, 52audio finds that Apple AirPods Pro 2 will follow the acoustic characteristics of AirPods 3, equipped with a combination of customized high-amplitude drive units and high-dynamic-range amplifiers, presenting delicate sound quality. It will also support self-adaptive equalization, spatial audio for dynamic head tracking, audio sharing, and other functions, “providing a rich wireless audio experience,” the article adds.

The AirPods Pro 2 is anticipated to feature an entirely new design that does away with the short stem that comes out of the bottom for a design similar to the Beats Fit Pro. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the release of the new AirPods Pro‌ will boost shipments to more than 100 million.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.