By Roger Fingas
Friday, February 15, 2019, at 2:56 pm Eastern Time (5:56 pm ET)
Echoing previous rumors, a report said Friday that Apple will ship this spring second generation AirPod products, including a new black color option.
Original airPods painted to measure.
The second-generation AirPods are already in production at partner Apple Inventec, the Chinese-language company Daily economic news I said. Apple would also use a new exterior material for the ear cups and the charging box, providing better grip.
According to the report, the AirPower cargo belts, long delayed, will be shipped alongside the updated AirPods. Apple launched AirPower for the first time alongside the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X in 2017. The product incorporates an internal technology allowing the simultaneous charging of multiple devices, including iPhones compatible Qi, Apple Watch and a loading wireless AirPods not yet available Case.
At some point that should debut with the iPhone XS and XR last year, AirPower has finally missed a 2018 launch window completely. The rumors have put the delay on unforeseen heat problems and interference. Apple has remained silent about the fate of the accessory and the company has erased almost all mentions of the product on its website.
The company may be able to launch new AirPods and AirPowers at a March 25 news event devoted to video streaming and Apple News subscriptions. Other rumors, however, have indicated that the updated AirPods may not be delivered until the fall of 2019.