We might be waiting a while to get our hands on Apple’s second-generation AirPods, according to one prominent tipster.
The new wireless earbuds, which are rumored to bring “Hey Siri” support and new color options, may not appear until the fall. In the meantime, Apple could launch a wireless charging case.
An earlier report suggested “AirPods 2” will arrive this spring, alongside the long-awaited AirPower charging mat and a number of new iPads. We warned that the rumor should be taken with a pinch of salt, and hours later, part of it has already been squashed.
A more reliable tipster, Steve McFly of @OnLeaks, is reporting that we’ll have to wait until the fall for new AirPods to hit the Apple Store.
AirPods 2 may not arrive this spring
A new but “seemingly reliable” source has told McFly that brand new AirPods in new color options will “likely” be unveiled during Apple’s big fall event, when it typically delivers new iPhones.
The new AirPods, according to recent reports, will look identical to the originals, though they are expected to come with a new finish that makes them easier to hold onto. They could also come in new color options, including black, for the first time.
To appease AirPods fans in the meantime, Apple is expected to launch its new wireless charging case “soon.”
Some #AirPods2 details I got from a new and yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source. Thus, I can’t vouch these at 100%…
– New wireless charging #AirPods Case to be launched soon BUT shipped with current AirPods
– Brand new AirPods + new color(s) likely unveiled this fall pic.twitter.com/eNYom3Xys6
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) February 12, 2019
If indeed AirPower launches this spring alongside a new iPad mini and a refreshed entry-level iPad, it would make sense for Apple to launch the AirPods wireless charging case at the same time.
McFly does stress, however, that this information comes from an “unconfirmed” source, so although his leaks have been accurate in the past, we shouldn’t completely trust this one just yet.