AirPods Pro could get USB-C at Apple September event — here’s what we know

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Apple is gearing up to unveil an update for the AirPods Pro, featuring a USB-C charging case, during its upcoming "Wonderlust" event on September 12. That's according to Mark Gurman, a reputable Bloomberg reporter known for his insights into Apple's plans. 

In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman speculates that Apple's eventual plan includes equipping all AirPods models with USB-C ports. However, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ will take the lead by introducing the upgraded charging case this September.

Earlier reports from Gurman had hinted at Apple's intention to announce updated AirPods bundled with a USB-C charging case alongside the launch of the new ‌iPhone 15‌ models. However, he hadn't specified which models would get the upgrade or when.

This move is part of a broader shift toward adopting USB-C as the standard connector on Apple devices, such as the iPhone 15 USB-C port that's been heavily rumored pre-launch. 

The AirPods Pro's ear tips and Ear Tip Fit Test

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While the physical changes to the ‌AirPods Pro‌ may be limited, users can still anticipate new features to arrive with the release of iOS 17. This iPhone software update will introduce several new features, including an Adaptive Audio listening mode for the AirPods Pro 2 and the ability to mute yourself on voice calls with a tap of the AirPods' stems.

Looking further ahead, Apple is expected to introduce enhanced hearing health capabilities to AirPods within the next year, as well as possible body temperature sensing. Gurman also anticipates that price reductions will eventually reach the lower-end AirPods models as the transition to USB-C permeates the entire lineup.

Changes to the AirPods Pro are unlikely to be Apple's most noteworthy announcement during the Apple September event. Along with the headphones, we are expecting the new iPhone 15 series, which is tipped to embrace the Dynamic Island on all models rather than just the Pros. 

On top of that, the iPhone 15 Pro is on track to get some interesting design changes including an Action Button and a titanium body.

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Elliot Mulley-Goodbarne
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Elliot MulleyGoodbarne is a Staff Writer at Tom’s Guide covering news, reviews, buying guides with wit and charm. He has had a keen interest in mobile, tablets, laptops, and everything in between since his first phone, the Samsung U600. Starting at Mobile News, Elliot has been writing about mobile and the business of technology since 2016, and has edited four trade magazines in that time, attending award shows for three of them. He has attended a range of industry events including 5G launches, device announcements, and trade events, where he developed a nose for picking up on trends, interviewing executives, and networking with the tech community. In his spare time, Elliot can usually be found watching, playing, or attending sporting events. With season tickets to West Ham United and Surrey County Cricket Club he often spends weekends in winter in a foul mood and evenings in the summer with a smile on his face. Outside of sport Elliot enjoys cooking, pubs next to rivers, and chilling out with a G&T, Whiskey, or Port after a solid week of excellence.