Sketchy Rumor Claims AirPods 2, AirPower and New iPads to Launch on March 29

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Apple plans to hold a product event in the second half of March where it will officially announce second-generation AirPods, the AirPower wireless charging pad, a new affordable iPad and the so-called "iPad mini 5", according to the latest rumor.


The claim comes courtesy of Greek tech news site iphonehellas.gr [Google Translate], which says it has received "exclusive information" from "a reliable source through Apple's production chain in China" that pre-orders for the AirPods 2, AirPower, and new iPads will start on Friday, March 22 with shipping and in-store sales to begin a week later on Friday, 29 March.

In a separate post to Slashleaks, the same author of the iPhoneHellas rumor claims the Apple special event will take place sometime between March 11 and March 20.

Apple has held a number of special events in March in recent years, with the last one taking place in 2018 on March 29, when it announced a low-cost iPad 9.7-inch with Apple Pencil support. The earliest Apple event in the month of March took place way back in 2011 on March 2, so there's plenty of room for maneuver.

iPhoneHellas goes back several years and has occasionally offered correct information on iOS releases ahead of their launch, although that's not necessarily any indicator of the accuracy of this latest rumor, so at this point we'd advise taking it with at least a pinch of salt.

Rumors have long suggested Apple is planning to introduce second-generation AirPods with an improved wireless chip that will enable voice-activated "Hey Siri" functionality. A recent rumor from DigiTimes suggests the second-generation AirPods will appear in early 2019 and could also include "health monitoring" features, but there are no concrete details on just what functions might be included.

AirPower is a charging mat designed to charge Qi-based iPhones, the Apple Watch, and the AirPods, using a specially designed and as-of-yet unreleased wireless compatible AirPods Charging Case.

Apple announced AirPower in September 2017 and said at the time that it would launch sometime in 2018, but the end of 2018 came and went, and Apple has given no further official info on when the AirPower will debut.

A recent rumor from Apple's supply chain in China has suggested the manufacturing issues have been solved. AirPower was said to have entered mass production in late January, with Apple planning to release it sometime soon.

Though the iPad mini hasn't been updated since September 2015, rumors have suggested an "iPad mini 5" is in the works and could come during the first half of 2019. Apple in January registered seven new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission, and at least some of these are believed to be the iPad mini. The others may be a new version of the low-cost 9.7-inch iPad.

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fokmik

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i dont think Apple will hold an event for the same ipad mini with just internal upgrades and airpods 2. Airpower were already introduced 1 year ago
 

SteveOfTheStow

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You don't even need a rumour; it's just easy to predict based on previous years. There will be a March event where they announce all this stuff. The kit should all be released by end of March, along with iOS 12.2.
 
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choocn

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Seems like the March event if any, is shaping up to be "education-focused" (which might mean lower-speced lower costs models compared to the iPad Pros). iPad mini with Apple Pencil support, iPod (because still "widely" being used for education/schools.. etc.. etc).
 

Aston441

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There may be a new iPod with two gigs of RAM as well. That way they can end support in iOS for all the zillions of iPhone 6 out there, citing "insufficient hardware," without also ending support for the iPod touch 6 suddenly, which they are still selling as new. Alternatively they could just drop the iPod completely shortly after the event, to the same effect.
 

Relentless Power

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Regardless of the event date, undoubtedly I do believe that the Airpower is going to be revived this year, which I think is a good thing that Apple didn’t release it in the first place if it had potential manufacturing problems with the internal coils, and I think it’s better that it didn’t get released/delayed versus releasing it with potential problems that would have made Apple look bad. It’s a Better business practice to get it right the first time than releasing a ‘half-baked product’.
 
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Marzel

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The guy at iphonehellas.gr actually does a pretty decent job and has been around for years without relying on clickbait articles and rumors so, although I don't necessarily think he is right, I do think he believes he is.
 
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Otaviano

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I'm totally ready for new AirPods. I've used my daily since purchasing them (back when they were first released) and the battery is starting to show their age.

New AirPods with wireless charging on the case, Hey Siri integration, and available in black. I would pick them up on day one.
 

himanshumodi

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Not sure if there would be an event. Weren't the entry level iPads launched at an "education focussed" event? These mix-match devices to be released neither have a common theme, nor are they flagship enough to get an event for themselves.
 

MoreRumors?

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I'll believe it when Ming comes out and announce it ;).

I think the AirPod and iPads are most likely to be true. The rumor was AirPower was suppose to come out later this year, then half way into the year and now in March so who knows when this will actually come out.
 

ondert

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I can see our Apple under Tim Cook’s greed will keep the price same for the current Airpods and will increase the price of new airpods at about $50.
 
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