Roundup: AirPower Removed From AirPods Page, AirPods 3 Possibly 2020, iOS 12.2 Arrives Next Week, and More

Apple today unveiled second-generation AirPods with a new H1 chip that enables hands-free Siri and up to an extra hour of talk time, and there are a handful of details worth mentioning surrounding the announcement.

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Apple removed this AirPower image from its AirPods page today

Five thoughts:

  • The new AirPods require iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, or macOS 10.14.4 and later, which are all currently in beta testing. With the new AirPods arriving to customers early next week, this means the software updates should be publicly released on or around March 25 event day.

  • Apple removed an image of its ‌AirPower‌ wireless charging mat from its AirPods page today. However, many sources believe the AirPower is coming soon. Apple announced new iPads on Monday, new iMacs on Tuesday, and new AirPods on Wednesday, so it is possible the ‌AirPower‌ could follow on Thursday or Friday, but no reliable rumors have indicated that will be the case.

  • Apple has discontinued the original AirPods. The new lineup includes the second-generation AirPods paired with either a wired charging case for $159 or with a wireless charging case for $199. The wireless case is also sold separately for $79 and is compatible with the original AirPods.

  • According to Mark Gurman, these AirPods were initially planned to go on sale last year. As he has previously reported, Gurman says Apple is working on a subsequent pair of AirPods with noise cancellation and water resistance that were originally planned for release later this year, but he now speculates that they could arrive in 2020.

  • MacRumors received a tip earlier this month claiming that Apple would announce new iPads, iMacs, and iPods on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, and while most of this information proved to be accurate, new AirPods ended up arriving on Wednesday instead of a new iPod touch. Multiple sources still expect a new iPod touch, but announcement timing is unclear.

For more details about the new AirPods, read our earlier coverage of the announcement.

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Top Rated Comments

oneMadRssn Avatar
37 months ago
If the new AirPods look the same as the old AirPods, how are people with old AirPods supposed to know that I'm better than them when I buy the new AirPods?
Score: 60 Votes (Like | Disagree)
immortalwind Avatar
37 months ago
So much hype for a charger.. It's just a charger you guys!!
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
37 months ago


* Apple removed an image of its AirPower wireless charging mat from its AirPods page ('https://www.apple.com/airpods/') today. However, many sources believe the AirPower is coming soon. Apple announced new iPads on Monday, new iMacs on Tuesday, and new AirPods on Wednesday, so it is possible the AirPowercould follow on Thursday or Friday, but no reliable rumors have indicated that will be the case.

To me, this can only mean one thing: AirPower is coming but looks very different from original depictions.



It's the only way they could get it to work.

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Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Oohara Avatar
37 months ago
They should just change the name to AirUnicorn.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
37 months ago
If the new AirPods look the same as the old AirPods, how are people with old AirPods supposed to know that I'm better than them when I buy the new AirPods?
Do what I do. Walk around in buttless chaps and roller skates. Don't forget to hold your head high. That really sells the superiority aspects of the outfit.:p:D
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
millerlite Avatar
37 months ago
AirPower sucks. It's worse than a wired charger. How? Because you can't pick up your phone/air pods/watch without the device's stop getting a charge. When I pick up a phone that's being charged with a wired charger, as long as I don't unplug it, it keeps charging. I can use my phone in bed overnight and it won't stop charging when I do so.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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