Apple continues its moves towards USB-C connectivity and away from the proprietary Lightning connector first introduced in 2012. Hot on the heels of several reports detailing the upcoming iPhone 15 featuring a USB-C port, Apple is rumored to add USB-C to its AirPods Pro lineup. The charging case, which currently supports wireless Qi charging and sports a Lightning port would be replaced by a wireless/USB-C model.
All iPhones since the iPhone 8, including all of the iPhone X and 11 models, are capable of wireless charging. This feature, while by no means a necessity, is certainly a convenience - with a wireless charging pad on your bedside table you simply put your iPhone down on it, letting you avoid searching for your lightning cable which has probably fallen to the floor.
Wireless charging is quick and convenient, with no Lightning cable required. Apple's latest devices all support the Qi wireless charging standard, which means there are many choices when it comes to charging pads, stands and other products. Even AirPods with a wireless charging case can be placed on a wireless charger, just like an iPhone. And iPhones can be charged wirelessly without removing a case.
Apple's highly anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat has been cancelled by the intractable laws of physics. AirPower was revealed in fall 2017 as a versatile charging mat based on an expansion of the Qi standard, which would allow multiple devices to charge simultaneously. Not only would AirPods, iPhones and Apple Watch devices charge anywhere on the mat, but charge status would be communicated in real time.
Apple continues its launch of new products this week with a sequel to its wireless AirPods. The refresh features a variety of improvements over the 1st generation model, which was in short supply after its release in December 2016. Since then, AirPods have become one of Apple's most successful accessories. So what new features come with the AirPods 2nd generation?