After reporting Apple had been planning a spring event to launch AirPower alongside the AirPods 2, reliable leaker OnLeaks tweeted that Apple will introduce the wireless charging case for AirPods in the spring, and wait until the fall for AirPods 2. Here’s everything we know so far.
Notable leaker OnLeaks cited a “yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source” in his tweet. Although he has a good track record when it comes to accuracies, most recently accurately reporting the design of the 2018 iPad Pro, all rumors and leaks should be taken with a grain of salt.
OnLeaks believes that Apple will instead unveil the wireless charging case for the current AirPods alongside the AirPower mat. Early rumors pointed Apple has had plans since September 2017 to ship AirPods with the wireless charging case and then selling an optional $69 accessory for existing AirPods.
Part of the reason for Apple delaying both of the products is due to issues with AirPower early on. They wanted both accessories to compliment each other as it made no sense to release the charging case without AirPower.
We’ve compiled a list of AirPods 2 reports from the last couple months:
- June 25, 2018: Bloomberg reports Apple adding biometric sensors to future AirPods.
- “Hey Siri” functionality was teased, and confirmed, by Apple during their September Special Event.
- In November 2018, AirPods 2 models ‘A2031 and A2032’ received Bluetooth 5.0 SIG certification.
- Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also says the new AirPods will have a ‘rigid-flex board,’ and upgraded hinge design.
- December 3, 2018: AirPods to get wireless charging in 2019, complete redesign in 2020.
- January 23, 2018: AirPods 2 launching the first half of 2019, will support health features.
- January 24, 2018: iOS 12.2 Beta features un-released AirPods 2 “Hey Siri” setup card.
- February 11, 2019: AirPods 2 coming this spring with new color, grip coating, deep bass, and AirPower.
It is believed that AirPods 2 will come in matte black, the possibility of additional colors, grip coating, improved bass and audio quality, and health-related sensors.