Apple’s latest AirPods might be just around the corner if a somewhat-sketchy rumour is to be believed.
The report comes from Spanish Apple rumour site Applesfera (via MacRumors) citing an anonymous source who works with Apple suppliers in the Asia-Pacific region, and it claims that Apple will launch a new model of AirPods on during its March 25 event, alongside its long-rumoured news subscription and video streaming service services.
The new AirPods would then officially release on March 29, claims the report, 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 selling its original AirPods on March 28.
Applesfera says its report is backed up by a number of industry sources, but seeing as it’s a relatively unknown rumour site with little to no previous track record in these circumstances, it’s worth treating this report as an interesting rumour, rather than a solid probability.
However, if Apple is indeed able to get AirPods 2 to market just four days after the event, then it would be a marked departure from the first generation product, which took around three months to hit stores. Even then, AirPods were available in very limited quantities for the first few months of 2017.
A more reliable rumour, albeit with a less specific time scale, comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s report. This one says that the AirPods 2, along with AirPower, will be on sale in the first half of 2019.
The new AirPods themselves are thought to include many new features and upgrades over the original models. These include new material for the earbuds’ construction, voice-only Siri commands, improved Bluetooth capabilities, and biometric sensors for health monitoring.
The report comes from Spanish Apple rumour site Applesfera. It claims that it has received data from “several different” sources saying that Apple’s new AirPods will land on shelves at the end of this month.