Apple Will Launch AirPods 2 In Early 2019: Ming Chi Kuo

Yolanda Curtis
December 5, 2018

These are to sport an "All-new design" and could arrive as a replacement for the first gen AirPods (not the 2019 version). Still, rumors suggest both products are still on the way, and a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo touches on the former.

Although Apple has not released sales figures for its AirPods, they seem like a hit in wealthy urban areas, with the white earbuds adorning many ears on commuters in the morning.

It has been rumored for a while that Apple has been working on an improved set of AirPods, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now offered more details in a report viewed by 9to5Mac.

Kuo did say that the new charging case would have a "rigid-flex board" internal component upgrade, and the hinge would be redesigned to support higher thermal requirements and the internal changes. It was also previously rumored that future AirPods would have water resistance and noise cancellation, as pointed out by The Verge. Kuo also notes that the AirPods will witness a design overhaul and will be launched with an "all-new design".

Apple's wireless charging mat AirPower may have become a distant dream, but that is unlikely to be the case for its AirPods. However, it makes sense that the wireless charging case - which boasts a green indicator light on the outside so AirPod owners can tell at-a-glance when the earbuds are charging - would launch alongside a new iteration of the earbuds.

/ The first generation AirPods.

Earlier, Kuo predicted that Apple would launch AirPods 2 in the second half of 2018 but the engineering challenges faced in developing wireless charging pad, that was announced past year, have delayed the launch of AirPods 2.

Kuo believes more iPhone users will buy the AirPods and even skip on upgrading their phone, according to 9 to 5 Mac, which went on to describe more of the possible updates.

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