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Black AirPods: Where Are They?

Leading up to the launch of the newest AirPods, many held out hope for the launch of a black color option for Apple's popular wireless headphones. Black AirPods have been on the wishlist of many since the launch of the original AirPods. In fact, early mockups by designer Martin Hajek showed what they might look like back in 2016. The first actual word of Black AirPods came only in February from MySmartPrice which claimed to have heard from "trusted" sources that the new AirPods would come with better bass response, a matte finish, and come in both white and black colors. That report was later corroborated by an Economic Daily News report which also claimed a new surface coating, wireless charging, and a black color option. However, it may be that that report could have been sourced from the original MySmartPrice report. The problem is that the rumors were apparently wrong, and Apple didn't release a black option for the 2019 AirPods. Still Want Black AirPods? If you still want Black AirPods, there are third-party options. The most well known is from a company called ColorWare. ColorWare offers custom colored AirPods. For a $40 premium, you can still get the Black AirPods that you want. The catch is you have to buy them through ColorWare. If you already own AirPods, you won't be able to get them colored by the company. Official Release If you want to wait for an official AirPods option, you'll have to wait until at least 2020. Even then, we aren't certain that Apple will offer a black color option for that model either. That said, Apple's Beats

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AirPods 2 With Grip Coating and AirPower Said to Launch This Spring

Apple's forthcoming second-generation AirPods will feature a new design and improved audio performance, while its AirPower wireless charging pad will launch in the Spring, a new report claims today. Rumor site MySmartPrice said one of its "trusted sources" claims the ‌AirPods‌ 2, tipped for release this year, will offer better bass response thanks to improved internals, and both the earbuds and case will include a special matte coating to enhance grip, similar to a coating used on the glass back of Google's Pixel 3 phone. The report also repeats previous rumors suggesting Apple's second-generation ‌AirPods‌ will feature health monitoring features, including heart-rate monitoring, and claims that battery life is likely to be more or less similar to the current model. In addition, the site believes the new ‌AirPods‌ 2 earphones will be available in black and white colors and cost around $200, a 40 dollar increase on the current price, although whether this detail comes from the same source or just speculation is unclear. Previous concept The site's source offers no concrete launch window for the ‌AirPods‌ 2, however in a separate report this morning, DigiTimes reiterated previous rumors from its supply chain sources that Apple will release new-generation ‌AirPods‌ in the first half of this year. Apple supplier Inventec is a major assembler of ‌AirPods‌ and expects its shipments to grow further as a result of the launch, which has also been tipped for early 2019 by well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Meanwhile, MySmartPrice claims Apple's ‌AirPower‌