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An Apple modder added a USB-C port to the AirPods Max, and you should purchase a package to do the identical

It is no secret that Apple is slowly transitioning away from the Lightning connector and embracing USB-C after the European Union pressured its hand. Whereas many equipment, the iPad and even the iPhone now use USB-C, the AirPods Max are nonetheless mired in Lightning land. Nonetheless, engineer Ken Pillonel (who beforehand introduced USB-C to the iPhone and AirPods earlier than Apple did) has created a USB-C connector for the headphones.

Pillonel discovered that it was simple to knock out the Lightning connector AND depart a wonderfully sized gap for a USB-C cable. Then, he designed a customized circuit board and located the proper connector to make every little thing work. Pillonel managed to cost the AirPods Max through USB-C on the primary strive.

Sadly, wired USB-C audio is not possible by this mod. Pillonel notes that doing so would require a chip from Apple’s personal adaptor, which prices $35. At that time, it’s possible you’ll as properly simply purchase a USB-C headset. So, this mod is simply actually worthwhile for those who actually wish to cost your AirPods Max through USB-C, that means there’s much less of a motive to hold round a Lightning cable.

The AirPods Max are three years outdated and so they’re most likely due for an improve. Any future mannequin is prone to have a USB-C connector to adjust to EU rules. Nonetheless, for those who’re prepared to tinker together with your present headphones (or even perhaps substitute a busted Lightning connector), you’ll be able to obtain the circuit design and purchase all the opposite elements you want. Every thing’s listed within the description of Pillonel’s YouTube video and instructions are on his web site. Alternatively, you should purchase a package immediately from Pillonel’s retailer.

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