After iOS 16.4 Release Candidate version code suggested Apple has new AirPods and AirPods cases to unveil, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said these will likely be the new USB-C version of the AirPods Pro 2. Since Apple also sells only the case, this is why there are code references for both products.
Kuo expects mass shipments of the revised version of AirPods Pro 2 in 2Q23-3Q23. Interestingly enough, he says Apple isn't planning to launch a revised USB-C version of the AirPods 2 or AirPods 3.
Apple is making this change to comply with a new European Union rule that says that these electronic devices must use the same standard. While the company could have released AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C last year, it decided to ship the product with a Lightning port instead.
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