The Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad may finally switch from Lightning to USB-C in the spring of 2024.
The rumor, which originated from a user on the social network SamaGame, said that all three Apple peripherals designed for Mac based on Lightning technology could receive an update this coming spring. It’s unclear whether these accessories will have any changes beyond the move to USB-C.
They’ll still look pretty much the same as they did during the last major update in October 2015, although there have been a few minor changes over the years, including a move to braided cables and new color options that are only available on 24 -inch iMac.
In 2021, Apple also released the Magic Keyboard with a Touch ID button.
Although the Magic Mouse lasts for about a month or longer on a single charge, the placement of the Lightning port at the bottom of the accessory has been a source of controversy in the Apple community for years, as it prevents the mouse from being used while charging. It is unknown whether the USB-C port will be placed in a more convenient location in the new version.
Despite rumors that suggested the switch would happen with the new iMacs this October, that didn’t happen, and all three accessories still feature a Lightning port.
Apple’s decision to leave accessories unchanged is notable because the rest of the company is gradually moving to a new interface. The entire iPhone 15 line, all latest-generation iPad models, Apple TV’s Siri Remote, second-generation AirPods Pro, and the new Apple Pencil all feature a USB-C port.
Apple is rumored to be planning to release several products this spring, including new iPads and Macs, and possibly a Vision Pro headset.