AirPods Pro 2 Coming This Year, Still With a Lightning Charger

Apple’s AirPods Pro were first released in October of 2019, and it looks like we’re finally close to releasing a second generation update. Trusted Apple Analyzer Ming Chi Kuo’s report today that AirPods Pro 2 It is expected to enter mass production during the second half of the year, but it also has bad news for those who were hoping to change the charging case…

In a new Twitter thread, Kuo explains that he expects mass production of AirPods Pro 2 to begin during the second half of this year. Interestingly, it also indicates that the AirPods Pro 2 will be manufactured in Vietnam, which indicates Apple’s reduced dependence on China.

This comes after The Wall Street Journal It reported over the weekend that Apple had told some of its suppliers that it wanted to shift production from China to hubs in Vietnam and India.

Kuo says Apple’s decision to move production from China to Vietnam for the AirPods Pro 2 can be attributed to the “relatively uncomplicated product supply chain and better production environment in Vietnam”.

Currently, AirPods Pro are manufactured and assembled in both China and Vietnam, but Kuo seems to believe the shift to Vietnam will continue at a higher rate with AirPods Pro 2 this year. Apple is still expected to test and improve AirPods Pro 2 manufacturing in China during the “new product introduction” phase of the process.

Charging AirPods Pro 2

In terms of expected features and changes, Kuo expects the AirPods Pro 2 charging case to still have a Lightning port for charging, dashing hopes of switching to USB-C this year.

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Kuo reported earlier this month that Apple Currently testing iPhone 15 With a USB-C port for charging. The analyst also predicted that when (or if) the iPhone switches to USB-C charging, Apple will switch too AirPods and other accessories to USB-C.

Unfortunately, it looks like Apple will make us wait a little longer for the AirPods Pro to switch to USB-C charging. If Kuo’s predictions come to fruition, this year’s AirPods Pro update will still feature Lightning charging.

else Features rumored For AirPods Pro 2, it includes a new form factor, adding health and fitness tracking capabilities, and support for lossless audio playback. Apple has teased itself that AirPods could one day complement the health-tracking capabilities of the Apple Watch by offering additional data points.

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