According to a report from Bloomberg reporter and analyst Mark Gurman, Apple AirPods and Mac accessories such as the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad will likely switch to USB-C by 2024.
A few days before this statement, the European Parliament passed a final decision on the introduction of USB-C as a single common charging standard for a wide range of consumer electronic devices sold from autumn 2024 onward, including iPhone smartphones and AirPods headphones. According to the parliament's press service, the law was adopted almost unanimously, with 602 votes in favor and 13 votes against (and 8 abstentions).
Gurman believes that to comply with the new law, Apple might bring USB-C to the next-gen AirPods, AirPods Max, and AirPods Pro by 2024. At the same time, Mac accessories, such as Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, and Magic Keyboard, could switch to USB-C as early as next year.
The analyst believes Apple will start complying with the legislation in late 2024 with most of its products. The iPhone 15, he says, will be a year ahead of the EU requirement and will switch to a USB-C port in autumn 2023. The entry-level iPad is due to switch to USB-C by the end of this year.
However, according to Gurman, the switch to USB-C on Apple devices will be a temporary solution since we should expect Apple to switch to inductive (wireless) charging on iPhones and iPads in the coming years.
Under the new law, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port.
Consumers will no longer need a different charger every time they buy a new device, as they will be able to use one charger for a range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.
All devices that support fast charging will also now have the same charging speed, allowing users to charge their gadgets equally quickly using any compatible charger.