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Apple may release AirPods with wireless charging in early 2019

Engadget

When Apple effectively scrubbed all mention of its AirPower wireless charging mat when it didn't show up a year after its unveiling, that raised a question: would the wireless charging case for AirPods meet a similar fate? Historically accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that AirPods with wireless charging support should arrive in the first quarter of 2019. He also suggested that there would be more changes than you might expect. They'd update to a newer Bluetooth spec (presumably Bluetooth 5.0), possibly a new W-series chip, and would include design changes like a more heat-resistant hinge. The hinge and new internal components will be more expensive to make, Kuo said, although he didn't say if that would raise the prices.


Apple to launch 'AirPods 2' wireless headphones 'in first half of this year'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple's AirPod wireless headphones have been one of the firm's most successful products - and a much anticipated new version will also monitor your health, it has been claimed. According to Digitimes, 'Apple is set to release AirPods 2 sometime in the first half of 2019'. Apple had been expected to launch an upgraded case giving the headphones wireless charging capabilities alongside its AirPower charging mat last year. However, both products failed to materialize. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will release an'upgraded model with wireless charging support' in the first quarter of 2019.


Apple launches second generation AirPods with wireless charging

The Guardian

Apple has launched a new version of its hugely popular wireless earbuds, the AirPods, with long-anticipated wireless charging and longer battery life. The second-generation AirPods look identical to the previous version, complete with a white stalk that looks like a set of earphones with the cables cut off. But now the earbuds last longer when used for phone calls between charges and support hands-free access to Apple's Siri voice assistant. The updated AirPods contain the new H1 chip, which is designed to ensure a stable connection to the smartphone, says Apple, something that still proves difficult for many manufacturers of truly wireless earbuds. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said the new Airpods offered "an extra hour of talk-time, faster connections, hands-free'Hey Siri' and the convenience of a new wireless battery case".


AirPods with wireless charging case drop to $140 at Amazon

Engadget

If you missed the last time Apple's AirPods with wireless charging case were on sale (early last month), you have another chance to grab them. Amazon has these AirPods for $140 right now, which is roughly $30 lower than the price they've been hovering at ($169) and the lowest they've ever been. These AirPods differ from Apple's standard ones only by their wireless charging case, which makes them easier to power up using a Qi-compatible wireless pad. While this method won't be as quick as standard wired charging, it's a convenient way to charge up your AirPods without worrying about having the right cable on you at all times. Otherwise, these are the AirPods many people know and love.


Apple's AirPods with wireless charging case drop to $150 on Amazon

Engadget

Now's a prime opportunity to get some AirPods if you'd like them for your walks or just to improve your video calls. Amazon is selling AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150. You can also score the standard AirPods for $130 if you're content to charge with a cable. As has been true ever since launch, the AirPods' chief allure is convenience. They're easy to set up on an iOS device, switch seamlessly between multiple Apple devices and have conveniences like always-available "Hey Siri" and automatic pausing when you remove a bud.