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Apple's AirPods 2 might not launch until this fall

Mashable

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 AirPods prices slashed by Amazon – but should you wait for Black Friday?

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Amazon has slashed the price of the true wireless earbuds, both with and without the wireless charging case, in a rare AirPods deal. The price of the AirPods with the wireless charging case has been slashed by £30, representing a discount of 15% – that's the cheapest we've seen them (although the price has dropped that low in the past.) If you're not interested in the wireless charging case, you can get the Apple earbuds with the regular case at a discount, too. Check out the deals below. Apple AirPods (2019) with Wireless Charging Case £199 £169 at Amazon This is the lowest price we've seen for the Apple AirPods, with a discount of £30.


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 2 might come with super fast wireless charging

Mashable

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.


The Secret Sauce Behind Apple's New AirPods? A New Chip, the Company Says

TIME - Tech

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.