APPLE MIGHT SHOW OFF its second-generation AirPods at its services-focused event next month.
So says Spanish website AppleSfera, which while lacking a reliable track record for on-the-money Apple leak, claims to have heard from a number of "industry sources" that Apple will launch a new pair of its toothbrush-head-a-like AirPods on 25 March, alongside its long-rumoured news subscription and video streaming service services.
This will be followed by a release at the Apple Store on 29 March, the little-known website claims, with the first-gen AirPods set to reach the last day of its 'life-cycle' a day earlier; a screenshot shared by an unnamed insider shows that Apple will stop flogging its original AirPods on 28 March.
This isn't the first time we've heard the 29 March date floated, as earlier this month a rumour suggested that Apple would release its long-awaited AirPower charger, AirPods 2, and new iPads on that date.
We don't know all that much about Apple's next-gen AirPods, but they might not be the major update many are expecting. AppleSfera reports that they could be very similar to the existing model, aside from the edition of a wireless charging case so they can be juiced using the aforementioned AirPower charger.
Other sources, however, suggest they could offer a bevvy of new features, including baked-in Siri support, the ability to take biometric measurements, and a new black colour option.
However, these sources also claim that these souped-up earbuds unlikely will arrive until later in the year, likely at Apple's iPhone 11 launch event in September. This suggests Apple could be planning to show off an upgraded version of its first-gen AirPods next month, rather than a full-fledged second-gen pair. µ
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