It's (still) 2023, and even Apple is now using a USB-C port on its iPhones. This is something some people didn't think was possible – sure, the EU had to help out a little – but the “idiot-proof” universal serial port is here to stay for now.
Since the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro at the latest, Apple has had a strict USB-C policy – in fact. But when it comes to accessories for the new iMac, product managers seem to be, too “The memo” Not getting it.
Because the accessories for the new iMac with M3 chip (test), which Apple introduced as part of its Halloween event on Tuesday alongside the new Macbook Pros with the M3 chip (test), still rely on the old charging port. This means that Lightning ports are still installed in the Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad.
This ultimately suggests that Apple may be adding “legacy accessories” to the new iMac. Aside from the port, the manufacturer may not have changed much in the design of the accessories anyway, although we would love to have a mouse on the back for charging.
In times of USB-C and Apple's new (imposed) USB-C policy, we would have been happy with new accessories with a corresponding charging port. Buyers of the new iMac will still have to deal with at least one Lightning cable, while the rest of the products rely on the popular USB port.
This also means that customers who want to purchase an Apple mouse, keyboard or trackpad with their new Macbook or Mac Mini will still have to choose corresponding products with a Lightning connector. The manufacturer does not offer any corresponding accessories with a USB-C port separately.
It's not clear when Apple will switch its Magic series accessories to USB-C. Because the manufacturer usually updates these products by introducing new Macs. There were rumors circulating about the change, but so far they have been proven false. The next launch point to consider is a Mac Mini, Mac Studio, or even a larger iMac. The latter may appear only in 2025, Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes.
Apple's shift to USB-C isn't complete yet for the Airpods, either. The manufacturer currently only offers the top Airpods Pro models with a USB-C charging case, which is now available separately. The cheaper third-generation Airpods and over-ear headphones will remain with Lightning until further notice.
If you believe well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, the other Airpods will be updated in 2024. Gorman's sources say there will be two different entry-level Airpods models next year.
Regarding the premium Airpods Max headphones, in addition to USB-C, new color options are also expected for the upcoming update. There are no details about other features. 2024 looks to be a very interesting year apart from new Airpods.
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