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AirPods Are Getting USB-C Charging, Report Says

Apple earbuds could be about to make the switch from Lightning.

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Apple AirPods currently charge via Lightning cable.


AirPods with USB-C charging will be announced during the Apple event next month, a report by Bloomberg said Tuesday.

It's unclear whether the iPhone maker will reveal a new generation of AirPods -- Bloomberg described them as "updated AirPods" -- or whether it'll just add USB-C charging ports to the existing model of its earbuds.

The report aligns with rumors that popped up as early as March after Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a highly respected industry watcher, said USB-C compatible AirPods would likely be coming this year.

Nearly all of the Apple-owned Beats headphones now feature USB-C ports too.

Apple sent out invites Tuesday for its annual device event on Sept. 12, where we expect to see four models in the iPhone 15 lineup announced.

Apple's Wonderlust event could also see announcements for services including Music, TV Plus, Fitness and iCloud, as well as another look at the upcoming AR/VR headset, the Apple Vision Pro.

The $3,499 Vision Pro headset was unveiled during WWDC in June and will begin being sold next year.