Apple AirPods and other accessories should get a USB Type-C port by 2024: report
Since 2024, every smartphone, tablet and camera sold in the European Union must include a USB Type-C charging connection, under a recently enacted law. Given that Apple now uses the Lightning standard for its iPhone and much of its iPad lineup, this should only have a substantial impact on Apple. The majority of Android devices currently adhere to the USB Type-C standard, making them compliant with future legislation.
The goal is to improve interoperability even within the Apple ecosystem; the same plug and charging cord will work with iPhone, iPad, AirPods and Mac accessories. Despite this, Apple has made it clear that it will strongly encourage wireless charging for all of its products in the future, with the possibility of eventually releasing an iPhone without a charging port.
The Lightning standard is used for electrical charging in many Apple products, including the iPhone line and newer AirPods variants like the AirPods Pro (2nd Generation). However, they also support Apple’s MagSafe technology for safe connection to wireless charger and Qi wireless charging.