According to recent rumors, Apple is planning to release an updated version of its wired EarPods with a USB-C connector, as the iPhone 15 is expected to switch to USB-C this year. While Apple has not confirmed the news, it would make sense for the company to update its EarPods to keep up with the changing landscape of mobile devices.
The EarPods have seen a surge in popularity in recent years as some consumers have turned to the simplicity and reliability of wired headphones compared to wireless options like AirPods. With a USB-C connector, the EarPods could offer faster charging and data transfer speeds, making them even more attractive to users.
It is anticipated that all four models of the upcoming iPhone 15 will have a USB-C port instead of the Lightning port, leading to a transition of several Apple accessories to USB-C. Leaker ShrimpApplePro has revealed that EarPods featuring a USB-C connector are currently in mass production, with Foxconn supplying the earbuds.
With the release of the iPhone 7, Apple eliminated the 3.5mm headphone jack and began providing a Lightning connector version of EarPods with the device. The launch of AirPods coincided with that of the iPhone 7, and their eventual popularity prompted Apple to discontinue including EarPods with iPhones altogether, starting with the iPhone 12.
The upcoming EarPods with a USB-C connector are expected to replace the current Lightning connector version, offering compatibility with the expected USB-C port on the iPhone 15 models. The new EarPods will also likely maintain the $19 price point of the current models.
Over the past few years, wired AirPods have gained popularity, especially among younger generations. In light of this, it has been reported by the trustworthy leaker ShrimpApplePro that Apple has begun mass-producing a new version of EarPods that utilize USB-C connectivity instead of Lightning. This leaker initially made this claim in February and has reiterated it in a recent tweet.
Also USB-C MFI cables and Earpods are in mass production for a while is the best proof that it’s happening.— ShrimpApplePro 🍤 (@VNchocoTaco) April 27, 2023
In addition to iPhone users, USB-C EarPods will also be useful for iPad users, as most iPads now feature a USB-C port instead of Lightning. This move will provide more convenience for those who use both Apple products interchangeably. Furthermore, EarPods are likely here to stay as they offer an affordable option for those who prefer wired earbuds over wireless ones. They are particularly useful for traveling, as they don’t require charging and can be easily replaced if lost or damaged.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously suggested that other Apple accessories, such as AirPods charging cases, the MagSafe Battery Pack, and the Magic Keyboard/Trackpad/Mouse trio, are also expected to switch to USB-C in the future. It is likely that the new USB-C EarPods will be announced alongside the iPhone 15 lineup in September.