Apple's first crack at cable-less Bluetooth headphones is due for a successor in the not-so-near future, and, so far, we've been hearing that updated AirPods
will be coming in the fall with a Siri agent that will always be listening, and the W2 Bluetooth connectivity chip that made a cameo in the latest Apple Watch
Series 3. The W2 chip makes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 50% more power efficient than the previous W1 chip design that is in the current AirPods
, so the upgrade in terms of battery life may be quite significant.
We are also waiting the AirPower wireless charging
pad to be released around that time - the longest-running vaporware of Apple
. The promise that you will be able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously on it means that there might be more in store with the AirPods upgrade due in the fall - wireless charging case for them
. Moving this mythical case that can top up its battery sans cables from vaporware territory to reality, a Kickstarter project now offers the AirPlus.
Doubling as a protective silicone case for your AirPods, the AirPlus adds compatibility with any Qi-certified wireless charging stand, pad or mat. The MSRP price is about 35 USD, but you can get some early bird discounts on the project's page. The AirPlus comes in a variety of colors, too, so you can dress up your old Qi-less AirPods in a more flashy manner.