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YouTuber converts Apple AirPods Max to USB-C with custom kit

The AirPods Max. (Source: Apple)
The AirPods Max. (Source: Apple)
Apple now makes AirPods that do not need a Lightning port to charge; however, the company seems in no hurry to do the same with its (even more expensive) flagship wireless headphones. However, as a popular device repair YouTuber has demonstrated, it is possible for a user to end the frustration and make their AirPods Max into USB-C devices with a kit that is available to buy online.

Now that even iPhones have moved on and joined the USB-C world with the rest of us, one might think that Apple's flagship headphones would do the same. However, the AirPods Max would still stubbornly arrive with a Lightning port were you to order a new pair tomorrow.

However, Ken Pillonel has struck again with the 41rP0d$ MAX: a replacement flex cable that can convert the pricey Apple accessories to USB-C, with all the miniature spacers and even precision-cut adhesive strips necessary to fit them into the headphones' right cup in place of its Lightning port as normal.

Then again, as demonstrated by Canadian vlogger Phone Repair Guru, the kit is used at the AirPods Max owner's risk, mostly that of inflicting cosmetic damage on the premium accessories when hammering the metal ring around the charging port out.

Nevertheless, the headphones should be able to charge without the need for a Lightning cable, just like a newer AirPods Pro 2 case, thereafter.

Then again, the 41rP0d$ MAX kit is not compatible with other USB-C accessories such as 3.5mm jack adapters, such as this one from JSAUX that can be ordered in multiple colors on Amazon for as little as $5.39 with the code AUX2USBC, valid at the time of writing.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2024-05- 4 (Update: 2024-05- 4)