If you believe a sketchy new report that was published Friday, Apple might launch its next-generation AirPods at the end of this month on Friday, March 29.
Spanish blog Applesfera (Google Translate) claims to have received this information from multiple sources. Keep in mind that the blog has no reliable track record reporting unconfirmed Apple rumor so this could very well be nothing more than an educated guess.
According to the report, the original reports will be reach their end-of-life phase on March 28 when they should be pulled from sale and replaced by AirPods 2 the following day.
BuzzFeed News heard that the Cupertino company will be holding a press event on Monday, March 25. It would make sense to launch AirPods 2 at the end of the event week given that the original earbuds have become Apple’s most popular accessory.
Apple could capitalize on AirPods popularity by launching their successor as soon as possible. If the next AirPods are launching across Apple Stores and other retail channels on March 29, expect them to go on pre-order right after the event has wrapped up.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a more substantial update to AirPods can be expected in 2020 with an all-new design and such improvements as sweat resistance, Hey Siri support, active noise cancellation and more,
Kuo, a more substantial update to AirPods can be expected in 2020 with an all-new design and such improvements as sweat resistance, Hey Siri support, active noise cancellation and more,
One report has suggested the second-generation AirPods might be more expensive, costing around $200, up from $159. That said, other reports claim the price will remain at $159, so little is verified at this point.
How do we know AirPods 2 exist in the first place?
In November, unreleased AirPods models (“A2031” and “A2032”) received certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, essentially giving them the green light to move forward.
While the first-generation AirPods come in white only, the next version could bring a much-desired new black color option. and quite possibly other color choices as well.
Apple’s March 25 event is thought to focus on the company’s long-rumored news and video subscription services, but no one really knows what it’s going to be about until Apple formally announces the press conference and its executives take the stage to deliver the latest updates.
Aside from subscription services, the event may serve as a launchpad for some hardware updates and releases, including the long-expected AirPower wireless charging mat, a fifth-generation iPad mini, a new affordable iPad upgraded from 9.7 inches to approximately 10.2 inches, and AirPods 2.
Apple could also launch these hardware updates quietly via press releases.
Do you own the first AirPods? If so, how satisfied are you with your earbuds and, more importantly, what’s your AirPods battery life these days? Are you planning to upgrading to AirPods 2?
Tell us in comments!