Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that AirPods Pro 2 launched this year, but still uses Lightning charging port

Apple’s AirPods Pro, which was first released in October 2019, looks set to usher in a second-generation update soon. A few days ago, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, AirPods Pro 2 is expected to enter mass production in the second half of this year. However, some netizens previously broke the news that the charging port would be changed to Type-C, and he poured cold water on the news.

Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted that mass production of the AirPods Pro 2 is expected to begin in the second half of this year. In addition, he also pointed out that the AirPods Pro 2 will be produced in Vietnam, indicating that Apple is less dependent on China. The Wall Street Journal previously pointed out that Apple has notified some of its suppliers that it wants to move production from China to hubs in Vietnam and India.

Kuo said that Apple’s decision to move AirPods Pro 2 production from China to Vietnam was attributed to the relatively uncomplicated supply chain for the product and the better production environment in Vietnam.

Currently, AirPods Pro has production and assembly lines in China and Vietnam, but Ming-Chi Kuo seems to think that this year’s AirPods Pro 2 will continue to move to Vietnam at a higher rate. However, it is expected that during the “new product introduction” stage, Apple will still test and improve the production of AirPods Pro 2 in China.

About the charging problem of AirPods Pro 2

In terms of expected features and changes, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the AirPods Pro 2 charging case will still use Lightning for charging, dashing the hopes of those who will have access to a USB-C port this year.

He has previously said that Apple is currently testing a USB-C charging port for the iPhone 15. The analyst also predicts that when iPhones switch to USB-C charging, Apple will also convert AirPods and other accessories to USB-C. Sadly, however, Apple appears to be making consumers wait a bit longer before the AirPods Pro officially switch to USB-C charging.

If Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction comes true, this year’s AirPods Pro will still use Lightning charging.

Other rumored AirPods Pro 2 features include a new form factor, added health and fitness tracking, and support for lossless audio playback. Apple itself even revealed that AirPods could one day complement the Apple Watch’s health-tracking capabilities by providing additional data points.

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