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This DIY AirPods Max mod means you can stop waiting for a USB-C upgrade

An image showing the AirPods Max with USB-C
Image: Ken Pillonel via YouTube

For AirPod Max owners, engineer Ken Pillonel has beaten Apple to the punch by swapping the four-year-old headphones from a Lightning port to USB-C. In a new video posted to YouTube, Pillonel shows how to install his custom printed circuit board (PCB) with USB-C support without drilling any new holes, as well as how he designed it to fit comfortably inside the headset.

He’s made the board available for purchase on his website for around $45, along with detailed installation instructions — if you feel brave enough to mod the $549 headset, of course. Pillonel also considered adding support for USB-C audio but dropped that idea after finding that you’d need an extra chip to make it happen, which would make the mod more expensive.


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