A slim AirPlus case brings wireless charging to the AirPods

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.

source: HiQ



1. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Matroska dolls :)

3. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

You'll have to buy another case for true wireless charging after this one, so in total 3 cases.

4. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Do both the AirPods and the iPhone need to have the W2 chip to make use of the higher energy efficiency? If so, then you'd need a new 2018 iPhone, that's not yet released, to reap the benefits. The fact that you can't adjust the volume without the use of Siri is enough for me to stay away from these headphones. I know it can be adjusted directly from the phone, but that defeats some of the purpose of having wireless headphones.

5. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Also, using this case means that you don't have access to the lightning cable port. So, you'd have to remove the case to charge via cable if a wireless charger is not available. This product will still appeal to many people, but I think the article should have included the information I stated above.

6. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

My mistake. The W2 chip in the aipods should be compatible with any phone that has bluethooth, even non-apple phones. So users should see improved energy efficiency from the airpods regardless of what phone they are using.

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