Wireless AirPods Charging Case Expected Soon, but AirPods 2 May Not Launch Until Fall

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 12, 2019 at 5:27 AM.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    OnLeaks' Steve Hemmerstoffer today tweeted that the AirPods wireless charging case will be ready to launch sometime soon, but the actual AirPods 2 with "Hey, Siri" funtionality may be delayed to the fall.

    OnLeaks itself casts some doubt on this rumor, by stating up front that the news was gained from a "new and yet unconfirmed," but seemingly reliable source. Hemmerstoffer appears to be most certain about the wireless charging case launching soon and being shipped with the first-generation AirPods.

    Most rumors about AirPods 2 have pointed toward an early 2019 launch for the new wireless earphones, so definitely take this new report with a grain of salt. Just this morning, a sketchy report from Greek tech news site iphonehellas.gr claimed the new iPads, AirPods 2, and AirPower are all set to launch on March 29. Yesterday, DigiTimes reiterated previous rumors that stated Apple will release AirPods 2 in the first half of the year.

    When they do launch, OnLeaks says the AirPods 2 will come in new colors, and yesterday rumor site MySmartPrice claimed that the new headphones will come in black and white. Beyond AirPods 2 and their new "Hey, Siri" functionality, Apple is believed to already be working on the third-generation AirPods, which are rumored to have some form of water resistance.

    Hemmerstoffer and OnLeaks have a previous track record of sourcing information from Apple's supply chain, as well as the supply chains of other smartphone manufacturers. For example, Hemmerstoffer shared renders of the 2018 iPad Pro with accurate depictions of the tablet's redesign one month before the device was revealed by Apple.

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  2. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Wait wait wait I just literally read an article on here that said “AirPods 2 March 29th?”

    And now a new article saying “Fall”.

    Lmaooo damn... What is it?!
  3. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
  4. ubestbsteppin macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    This rumor certainly sounds more Apple-like. Release the charging case now so current Airpod owners buy it up and hold the Airpods 2 for a few months to not cannibalize charging case sales.
  5. AngerDanger, Feb 12, 2019 at 5:35 AM
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019 at 6:16 AM

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Man, I can already imagine the wide array of color option Apple provides us with! :)

  6. Bdub12 macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Fredericton NB Canada
    And I get to wait another 6 months to buy AirPods. Sigh.
  7. max.ine macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    Sounds about right. It’d also make a lot more sense if they updated them alongside the iPhones.
  8. peterh988 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2011
  9. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    I’m sure people get tired of waiting now
  10. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    I'd prefer the other way around, but it makes more sense to launch AirPower first and since AirPods are still selling like hotcakes there is no rush for version 2.
  11. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    AirPods 2 would be nice, but don't need them or the wireless case. I guess the new model will be more expensive, maybe coming with a wireless case standard? And AirPods 1 sold at a discount?
  12. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Exactly what I was thinking.
  13. indychris macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2010
    Fort Wayne, IN
    I overheard my neighbor who was talking to her nephew’s best friend’s teacher, and he said that the AirPod 2’s are absolutely being released Feb. 29!
  14. acblue94 macrumors regular


    Jul 26, 2011
    New York, NY.
    What’s worst then a rumor? A sketchy rumor. Lol.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 12, 2019 at 5:56 AM ---
    Yea well I heard a confirmed rumor of a rumor that the AirPods 2 were scheduled to be released before the AirPods 3.
  15. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    Sounds quite likely, tbh. Updated models probably to be introduced alongside new iPhones in autumn.

    Does onleaks do Mac rumours?

    iMac rumours are thin on the ground.

    Please could a rumour-monger devote some attention to iMac!
  16. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    Seems like the older rumours may be accurate.

    AirPods 1.5 with Hey Siri feature and wireless charging case as only new features - early 2019
    Airpods 2.0 with waterproofing and health monitoring features - late 2019/early 2020

    Somehow these rumours seem to have merged so that the Airpods originally aimed at late 2018/early 2019 became known as Airpods 2 and people assumed they were the full on second generation rather than just the tweaked 1.5s.
  17. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    If I make a guess will you make an article for me too? :)
  18. Tzuten macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    If its anything like the first AirPods, you'll be lucky to get them by 2020.
  19. Jamers99 macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lutz, FL
    AirPods to be released with Air Power apparently.
  20. calstanford macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Yea f that s. For two years they don't update and then they bring out two in a year?
  21. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2017
    Wireless charging case: $99
    AirPods 2: $259

    Expect more stealing.
  22. PickUrPoison macrumors 68030

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    More likely Apple’s been sitting on the AirPods charging case, waiting for AirPower to be ready.

    Neither are related to Airpods 2, which will release on their own schedule. Hopefully they’ll be easier to manufacture than the original model, which launched in short supply and has been constrained since.
  23. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    It's amazing how so many people think my tws-i7 earbuds are AirPods.
    Sure there's a difference in quality between an $169 AirPods and $16 earbuds but when you loose one there's a lot less agony.
  24. michael31986 macrumors 68040

    Jul 11, 2008
    What's the point. Just release new version k. September.

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