By AppleInsider Staff
Friday 01 March 2019, 00:51 (PT) (03:51 ET)
According to an unsupported rumor, Apple's AirPods wireless headsets will reach the end of their useful life at the end of March. A successor model should enter store shelves immediately after.
The current design of Apple AirPods.
Quote from sources close to Apple's supply chain, Spanish blog Pommesfera Apple announces its intention to stop sales of AirPods of the current generation on March 28th. In its place, the tech giant will present "some" new models of the extremely popular accessory, sources said.
The report is based in part on a screenshot allegedly taken from an Apple supplier's logistics software, which qualifies the AirPods as "out of stock" on March 28. If its origin is unknown, the list of actions seems to suggest that a new generation product launch is imminent.
The publication, again citing unnamed sources, claims that one or more new variants of AirPod will be unveiled at an alleged alleged media event scheduled for March 25, before ending up in the store. March 29th.
Further details regarding the so-called next-generation AirPods have not been provided in the report.
Pommesfera lack of experience – or any other record – in predicting Apple product launches and AppleInsider is unable to confirm his claims.
Thursday's report adds to a confusing, and perhaps confusing, rumor surrounding a device called "AirPods 2".
When BuzzFeed News News of the Apple special event not yet announced earlier this month, said sources at the store, who believe that the tech giant will not likely use this opportunity as a platform for the launch of new materials. Instead, media gathering should focus on new video and news subscription services.
Previous rumors suggested that a new version of the AirPods with health-tracking features would be launched on March 22 alongside "iPad mini 5" and the long-delayed AirPower charging mat. Others claim that a promised wireless charging case is about to debut with a minor update of AirPods hardware before a remodel of the product line is unveiled this autumn.
More recently, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo announced in a note to investors that Apple would launch an updated version of the AirPod in the first half of 2019, echoing a prediction launched by DigiTimes in January.