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Apple Adds USB-C Compatibility to AirPods Pro

Say goodbye to Lightning connectors as Apple rolls out USB-C for AirPods Pro 2, complementing the iPhone 15 series. Available starting September 22 at $249.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 in their new USB-C case, showcasing the new charging port.

Apple's efforts to standardize its ecosystem are becoming more evident as it introduces USB-C to AirPods Pro. Announced at today's Wonderlust event, the USB-C powered AirPods Pro 2 will go on sale for $249 starting September 22. This follows the unveiling of the iPhone 15 series, which also features USB-C ports.

Apple seems determined to unify the charging and data transfer across its ecosystem. After adopting USB-C in iPads and the new iPhone 15 series, the company now extends the feature to its AirPods Pro, aiming for a single port solution for iPhones, iPads, and AirPods. The company is also expected to extend USB-C to the regular AirPods and AirPods Max sometime next year, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Back in 2021, Apple added MagSafe compatibility to both AirPods and AirPods Pro. While there's no official word on whether users can purchase a separate USB-C case for their existing AirPods Pro, it's a possibility worth watching.

The AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C will be priced at $249 and will be available starting September 22. Apple will also offer wired EarPods with a USB-C connector for $19.

This transition to USB-C underscores Apple's commitment to creating a seamless user experience across its ecosystem. Not only does this offer convenience, but it could also potentially mean less electronic waste in the long run, as users will need fewer types of cables and adapters.

With the adoption of USB-C in its AirPods Pro, Apple seems to be well on its way to creating a unified, user-friendly ecosystem. This move may also pave the way for faster data transfer and charging across Apple devices, enhancing overall user experience.