All Apple AirPods and Mac accessories could feature USB-C by 2024

According to Apple, USB-C will be more widely adopted in its product portfolio in the next few years . In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman says he expects the company to convert all of its wireless earbuds, including the , to the charging standard by 2024. In addition, Apple could refresh accessories like the Magic Mouse with USB-C – one would hope – as early as next year.

The reported shift would bring most Apple products in line with the upcoming . Earlier this week, the European Parliament voted to make the port the common loading standard across the bloc. Once in force, the legislation will require all new phones, tablets and headphones launched in the EU to have USB-C charging by the end of 2024. The mandate will be extended to laptops in spring 2026.

In May, Gurman reported that Apple had started before the EU adopted the proposed legislation. At the time, he warned that if the company went ahead with the change, “it wouldn’t happen until 2023 at the earliest.” He now says the iPhone 15 range is “essentially a lockdown” to getting USB-C next fall.

However, Apple’s switch to USB-C could be short-lived. Gurman expects the company to “completely” transition iPhone and iPad to inductive charging “at some point in the next few years.” He notes that the company may see the technology as a way to circumvent EU legislation since it doesn’t cover wireless charging.

Of course, if you’ve been following the Apple rumor mill long enough, you’ll know that the company has reportedly been considering a portless iPhone ever since it released the headphone jack from the . Since then, however, the Qi store has caused Apple some problems – most notably the high-profile one in 2019.

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