AirPods, Magic Mouse & more rumored to get USB-C port in the future

The rumor: Alongside a new iPhone that boasts USB-C, more Apple products will also make the switch, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

  • “Other Lightning port products (e.g., AirPods, Magic Keyboard/Trackpad/Mouse, MagSafe Battery) would also switch to USB-C in the foreseeable future,” Kuo says
  • Apple is seemingly planning to kill off the Lightning port in its entirety sometime within the next 2 years, following a long and painful run after being first introduced in 2012

Sam’s take: This is, like the iPhone switching to USB-C, also too good to be true? Just seeing a rumor about this makes me laugh at how ridiculous Lightning is is…that keyboards and mouses, products designed to be used with Macs, Macs that only feature USB ports, ever featured a Lightning connector. It’s just nonsensical and silly. It looks like 2023 could be the end of that tomfoolery.

Apple releases new black/silver Magic Keyboard, Mouse & Trackpad that ship with exclusive braided black Lighting cable

The news: Alongside the just announced Mac Studio and Studio Display, Apple also dropped some fresh accessories on their website.

  • There are new black/silver version of the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad…all of which ship with an included black braided Lightning cable
  • To get the new colorways, Apple charges you a $20 premium over the white/silver counterparts, with the mouse coming in at $99, trackpad at $149 and keyboard at $199

Sam’s take: I find it hilarious that the cooler looking black accessories cost more than the white ones…but Apple has done the same thing with Mac Space Gray peripherals in the past. It’s just annoying when I may or may not have gotten peer-pressured into buying these earlier today.

Apple’s new Magic Keyboard, Mouse & Trackpad accessories are now sold separately

The news: Apple’s new Magic accessories that were previously exclusive to the M1 iMac are now available for purchase as standalone products.

  • The new Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, Magic Keyboard, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID for Mac models with Apple silicon and Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad for Mac models with Apple silicon are all available on apple.com now
  • All of the accessories ship with Apple’s exclusive braided Lightning cable for charging

Our take: Super happy to see Apple sell these accessories separately, but I really wish the Touch ID keyboard were compatible with older Intel-based machines. I would buy one for my 27-inch iMac in a heartbeat if they were.

Apple’s Magic Keyboard accessory may come to more devices

The news: The Magic Keyboard, currently compatible with iPad Pro, may be made available for other products in the future, according to L0vetodream (90.5% accurate).

Our take: Just as the Smart Keyboard debuted on iPad Pro and gradually expanded to other devices since 2015, the Magic Keyboard is its successor and better in every conceivable way.