Apple AirPods 2: price, release date, features and news
In 2017's iPhone announcement, Apple depicted a new wireless charging case for its AirPods that will go with its AirPower mat, but neither the wireless charger nor the case have materialized just yet. Since the case should launch together with AirPower, if Apple wants users to take full advantage of the wireless charging craze that is sweeping its gadgets, we are rounding up all the rumors about the inevitable AirPods update that may be announced as soon as next month.
Apple AirPods 2 specs and features
Longer battery life, always-on Siri, water-resistance, and noise-cancelation are in the AirPods future
The long wait for AirPods 2 might be over soon and if the information we have available for them is true, it will be well worth it. The improvements implemented in the new pair are far from insignificant. Starting wi
earbuds, some of which cost far less than the AirPods, which makes the two features a logical inclusion for the AirPods 2.
On top of that, Apple's awesome cable-less Bluetooth earbuds are expected to introduce a Siri agent that will always be listening for your "safe word" command. Another feature common in third-party headphones today that highlights how needed an update of the AidPods is.
Another important upgrade will reportedly be swapping the W1 chip design that is in the current AirPods with the updated W2 Bluetooth connectivity chip that now provides the Bluetooth 5.0 connection for the Apple Watch 4. This homebrew silicon halves the power draw of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity compared to W1, so we might be looking at even longer battery life from the upgraded AirPods that may be available just few short weeks from now.
Of course, since the AirPods are primarily meant for music, Apple is bringing some improvements to the sound quality. Mainly, a better performance in the lows, or simply put, better bass. This likely means an overall redesign of the drivers, which should lead to a better sound quality for the rest of the frequencies as well.
What isn't expected to change, however, is the design of the AirPods. The new generation is rumored to have an almost identical shape as the original ones, which points to a reverse compatibility of the wireless charging case. If that turns out to be true, it means that owners of the older earbuds will be able to buy a wireless charging case separately and enjoy the added convenience. Don't worry, however, there will be a way to tell the AirPods 2 apart...
A new finish for the AirPods 2, both functional and stylish
At last, your Apple earbuds will match well with your tux
Apple is expected to finally give AirPods fans what they've been requesting for so long: black AirPods. Yes, you'll no longer have to pay exuberant amounts of money just so you can get AirPods that aren't white.
Another external change that sources are swearing is coming to the AirPods 2 is a new, "grippy" coating. This is meant to make the AirPods 2 more stable in your ear and less likely to slip out and fall. We can't imagine anyone being unhappy with that, but it will be interesting to test if it's a noticeable improvement over the previous gen.
Apple AirPods 2 price and release date
Spring 2019 to bring blossoms and AirPods alike, but will we see a price hike?
For some, the list of new features might have brought joy, but others probably saw a potential drawback from packing so much tech into the AirPods 2. We're talking, of course, about a potential rise in price.
Some sources say the new pair might come with a new price, more specifically, $199, a $40 bump on the current ones. If this is the case, then it's possible that Apple will continue to sell the original AirPods at a reduced price, as a "budget" option.
The other possibility is that the AirPods 2 will come at $159 and replace the current model altogether. Both scenarios are similar to what Apple has done with other products in the past, so until we have more credible information, it's anyone's guess.
As for the release date, everything right now points to the next few months. However, Apple traditionally hosts a "Special Event" in March to reveal new products. There are already rumors that the event will be on March 25. Unless there have been further delays, this is likely when AirPods 2 will be announced.