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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is planning to release AirPods that feature a new surface coating, wireless charging, and a black color option, according to a report from Taiwanese Economic Daily News.

Apple supplier Inventec has been manufacturing the new AirPods and is ready to ship them in the spring, perhaps alongside the AirPower, which is now in mass production.

Black AirPods from Colorware

Economic Daily Times says that the AirPods will be priced the same as the previous version, which was $159 in the United States, though curiously the site suggests the prior pricing was $199.

The information shared by the Taiwanese publication matches up with rumors that we heard earlier this week from MySmartPrice.

That rumor suggested both the AirPods and the Charging Case will be available in black and white, with the updated accessory to get a special matte coating that will "enhance grip."

We still don't know exactly when the AirPods are going to be released. Apple is holding an event on March 25, but it will focus on services and not hardware.

Apple could choose to release updated AirPods and perhaps the AirPower right around that time via press release rather than through a dedicated event.

Article Link: Apple to Release AirPods With New Coating and Black Color in the Spring
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macrumors 601
Aug 28, 2013
I think a price increase is a certainty with new technologies and coating techniques. The current price is an absolute bargain versus the competition, so Apple has a lot of room for price growth while continuing to have the market leading product. $199 would still be very cheap. I wouldn't be surprised if it's nearer to $249.
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macrumors member
Nov 8, 2017
These will definitely be released by the time the final iOS 12.2 build is ready (March or April for sure). I was hoping to see them hit stores sooner though.


macrumors G3
Oct 24, 2014
Making it available in black is one step less douchey plus it doesn't get as dirty as white. Is that enough though to overlook the douchey stems? Guess time will tell when seen in public.
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