Apple’s AirPods’ big 2019 upgrades are reportedly staggered

Apple Air Pods 2 changes are on the inside not outside

If you were holding your breath for an early 2019 release for Apple's AirPods 2, you could be in for a disappointment - if well-known leaker OnLeaks' latest tweet is anything to go by.

According to details obtained through "a reliable source" within Apple's "production chain in China", the Silicon Valley giant will hold a special event in the second half of March - the most likely dates are Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20.

The two big questions, therefore, have been around their successor - and the wireless charging AirPods case that Apple previewed alongside AirPower.

AirPower is expected to include a custom Apple chip that runs a stripped-down version of the iOS operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices that are placed on the charging mat.

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Apple could have a slew of new hardware in the works for later this year. So if you've been waiting for the new iPad & iPad Mini, new iPod, and second-gen AirPods, you'll probably need to wait a little longer. The Journal said it also has concerns but has had productive conversations with Apple, according to the report.

They may want to just wait it out until AirPods 2 later in the year. Perhaps with that in mind as well, a new external coating has also been suggested.

iPhone Hellas also notes that AirPods 2 will feature "Hey Siri" support, which will let users invoke the digital assistant by voice, as is the case on other Apple devices.

So overall, we should expect better audio, easier grip earbuds, a choice of black or white colors, and new health features. That's been one of the most persistent requests - not to mention given third-party color companies an opportunity to make fairly expensive custom AirPods - and could well prove to be a strong motivator to encourage upgrades.

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