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AirPods Pro 2: USB-C unlikely for Apple's upcoming premium earbuds as production details surface

The AirPods Pro debuted in 2019. (Source: Karissa Bell / Mashable)
The AirPods Pro debuted in 2019. (Source: Karissa Bell / Mashable)
Word on the grapevine now indicates that the upcoming Apple AirPods Pro 2 is likely to remain equipped with Lightning charging, instead of USB-C. In addition, production of the premium earbuds is set to begin shortly, with Apple to move most of its production to Vietnam.

While most of Apple's current devices, from its tablets to notebooks, now use USB-C, the company has remained reluctant to make the switch completely. It appears that will continue this year as well, with information now indicating that the upcoming AirPods Pro 2 will remain equipped with Apple's proprietary Lightning port.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the AirPods Pro 2 are unlikely to offer a USB-C port. To be exact, the source does not construe that as concrete information; it's only a personal prediction, albeit from a typically reliable source. Previously, Kuo claimed that Apple was testing USB-C on the iPhone 15 series, so it's more likely that the company makes the switch next year instead—perhaps with the AirPods 4. 

Apple is apparently also shifting production of the AirPods Pro's successor even further from China to Vietnam, with Kuo citing "the relatively not complicated supply chain and Vietnam's better production environment" as a reason versus other countries. Supposedly, the AirPods Pro 2 will enter production in the second half of the year, likely with a view on a September release alongside the iPhone 14 series. 

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Ricci Rox, 2022-05-24 (Update: 2022-05-24)