Appleâ€™s new AirPods are set to be released early next year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says in his latest report.
The upgraded model should offer minor improvements over the existing model that was introduced in 2016. Yet thereâ€™s one feature that everyone will appreciate. Kuo revealed that, with this new AirPods, youâ€™ll get a wireless charging support. Itâ€™ll also sport enhanced Bluetooth connectivity.
When the AirPower was announced last year, the Cupertino-based company also teased a wireless charging case for the AirPods. Both would work together, too. That plan could be in doubt as Apple hasnâ€™t talked about the AirPower recently due to internal struggles in its development.
Expect the wireless charging case to be sold separately as well. The AirPodsâ€™ technology could be tweaked on the inside, but the overall look shouldnâ€™t be altered until 2020. Thatâ€™ll allow the AirPods sold today to be compatible with the wireless charging case.
The redesigned model will arrive in 2020, according to the analyst. Kuo says itâ€™ll include an entirely different appearance, but he stops short of what that actually means. Maybe the AirPods will become smaller and sleeker. Regardless, itâ€™ll be some time before Apple unveils next-generation AirPods that take a big step forward.
In a separate report,Â Bloomberg laid out some very likely features. The AirPods might gain a new wireless chip, always-listening Siri integration, and water resistance.
The wireless earbuds could be joined by over-ear headphones, and it could take advantage of the technologies from Apple-owned Beats. Apple was expected to roll out the premium audio equipment in 2018, but there was a delay that pushed it to 2019. Alongside new AirPods and over-ear headphones, the HomePod is up for a possible upgrade or companion.