After the iPhone with USB-C port, the AirPods are entitled to the same hack

Ken Pillonel does it again after the iPhone with USB-C connector by creating the AirPods with USB-C connector! He has undoubtedly fulfilled the dream of many technology fans!

The AirPods 3 case is easy to open with one hand // Source: Frandroid

After the iPhone with a USB-C connector, after the Android phone with a Lightning connector, engineering student Ken Pillonel is doing it again by creating the world’s first AirPods with a USB-C connector.

The world’s first USB-C Airpods

On May 10, the student at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Lausanne, Ken Pillonel, published a short video in which he briefly shows how he managed to change the connection of his Apple-signed wireless headphones.

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A few months ago, the nickname Kenny Pi released a video Conceptual proof (Proof of Concept) also on his YouTube channel. He’d managed to charge AirPods via a USB-C cable for the cost of a pair of headphones. In fact, the real challenge for him was miniaturizing the various ports to fit in an AirPods case.

The integration of the port into the case is impressive: you don’t really see the difference to a “normal” case. It’s a point he’s taken care of and the result is there.

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The solution was to use a flexible circuit board that fits in this case. According to his own statements, this technical challenge kept him busy almost every weekend for a few months, he confides The edge. We’ve only seen a short video so far, but he said he’s preparing a longer one that’s being edited.

We are entitled to detailed open-source documentation on how to change the port on his AirPods, as he was able to do with the guide on how to switch his iPhone to USB-C.

The creator of this mod has announced that it will work (for now) on first and second generation AirPods.

Is it possible to have all your Apple devices in USB-C?

With the AirPods, Ken Pillonel can now charge multiple devices in USB-C: his MacBook and, more recently, his iPhone. As he shows in the video, he can charge these three Apple devices with just one cable. To do what? “becausehe says and abruptly interrupts the video. But we can easily imagine that having a single cable to charge everything is still easier.

But other Apple devices still need to be modified to transition Apple’s entire ecosystem to USB-C: the mouse or the keyboard.

After the iPhone with USB-C port, the AirPods are entitled to the same hack
One USB-C port on AirPoids // Source: The Verge

USB-C in the news

What if this engineering student rebuilt his AirPods for free? Indeed, this is the question we can ask ourselves as the question of the obligation to use USB-C arises within Europe. The parliamentarians have also agreed on the principle: Only USB-C should be used in Europe. The European Union wants to make USB-C the standard for cables and connectors on portable electronic devices. It is possible that in a few years manufacturers will be forced to equip their devices with USB-C, including Apple.

But at least Ken Pillonel has the merit of being faster than legislation and than Apple on USB-C. A desire that is shared a priori by our readers, since in our survey of USB-C on iPhone, 60% indicated that it would be more practical and 17% that it would be more environmentally friendly.


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