If you're waiting for Apple to update AirPods so you can finally buy them and put cable tangles behind you once and for all, you might be holding out until later this year. According to prolific gadget leaker @OnLeaks, aka Steve Hemmerstoffer, a source told him AirPods 2 won't be released until this fall. As a stopgap, Apple will reportedly release the wireless charging case shipping with the current generation of AirPods soon. Apple first announced a version of the AirPods case capable of wireless charging way back in September 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. However, the wireless charging case never shipped.
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".
We're starting to get a good picture of what Apple's second-generation AirPods might look like. A new rumor suggests the tentatively named AirPods 2 might come with a wireless charging case -- Apple promised the case along with AirPower way back at the iPhone X launch, but neither has shipped -- that might be able to quickly charge from 0 to 100 percent in about 15 minutes. SEE ALSO: 5G will be crazy fast, but it'll be worthless without unlimited data The rumor comes from leaker Max Weinbach (via 9to5Mac) who made an appearance on a recent EverythingApplePro video to talk about new AirPods features. Weinbach says "wireless charging will happen" and the 0 to 100 percent wireless charging speed is for both the AirPods and the case. The AirPods 2 wireless charging case will reportedly use Qi-based wireless charging just like the iPhone 8, X, XS, XS Max, and XR.
Continuing its week of surprise hardware announcements, Apple on Wednesday announced an updated version of its AirPods, the company's wireless earbuds. While the second-generation model brings expected improvements like increased talk time, the kicker comes in the form of an optional wireless charging option that partially fulfills a two-year-old promise. The new AirPods also make it easier to go truly hands-free thanks to some updated internals. Apple's second-generation AirPods are largely unchanged on the outside, but ditches the company's previous W1 processor in favor of a new chip called the H1. The new processor promises 50 percent more talk time, and allows the new AirPods switch from device to device up to twice as fast as the previous generation.
AirPods may finally get some long-rumored upgrades in the not-too-distant future. Apple will release an AirPods case that supports wireless charging in the beginning of 2019, according to a new report from the often accurate Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac). They will also get a robust redesign in 2020, Kuo said. That may include sweat resistance or a more seamless Hey Siri integration, if previous rumors are to be believed, though Kuo did not go into 2020 redesign specifics. Kuo said that the AirPods case will support wireless charging.