Apple planning upgraded AirPods for later this year

Isaac Cain
February 24, 2018

Apple is working on two new versions of its wireless headphones, including a water resistant model.

Apart from the wireless chip, the report states that Apple's upcoming second-generation AirPods will also add support for the "Hey Siri" wake command.

The price of the AirPower is unknown, but as this is an official Apple product it certainly won't be cheap.

Estimating points of interest stay vague for AirPower.

Polish retailer X-Kom is showing the AirPower priced at 999 Złotych - that's about £211 or $294. We'll watch out for more clues in the meantime.

According to apparently reliable sources speaking to Mac Otakara, Apple will start selling AirPower sometime in March. It will cost $15. This will surely make it easier to keep the AirPods in good condition if there's a sudden downpour, for instance. The original AirPods come with a W1 chip while the recent Apple devices like the Apple Watch have W2 chip in them.

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The charging pad contains a loop of coiled wires around a bar magnet, known as an inductor. Apple is nearly never first to market, of course. First, they'll pack an upgraded wireless chip. Are you willing to spend as much as $200 for a wireless charging mat? (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 11.2.6 has increased the battery life of Apple's mobile devices.

However, this technology may be a little further down the road. Although the concept seems simple - place up to three devices wherever you want on the white pill-shaped surface - the engineering was apparently hard. However, after switching to an iPhone 8 and a pair of AirPods, I've been pleasantly surprised by how well it all works. In either case, improved wireless performance would be a welcome change for current AirPods users, who often report difficulty establishing and maintaining Bluetooth connections.

Will existing iOS device be compatible with AirPower? The Apple Watch's convex back was originally designed only to charge with non-Qi concave magnetic chargers, versus a flat Qi surface.

A Japanese website called Mac Otakara reported that the AirPower will launch in March.

This can then be used to transfer a voltage - or charge - to the smartphone. It's possible that Apple will offer this in its own wireless charging mat, but only time will tell.

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