Apple may launch the second-generation AirPods in the first half of 2019, as suggested by various media reports over time. There are bits and pieces of information about the AirPods 2 with the latest one coming from XDA TV host and writer Max Weinbach, who says that AirPods 2 will have wireless charging and it will take just 15 minutes to reach full charge from zero.
It is worth mentioning that the current AirPods take almost three hours to get to the full charge point. For faster wireless charging in AirPods 2, the case would require more Qi coils that would probably make it bigger. According to Weinbach, AirPods 2 case will be bigger in one direction and heavier than before.
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Weinbach also mentions a different coating for AirPods 2 that would be similar to the matte finish of the Apple Pencil. But Weinbach hasn’t always been the most accurate source of Apple leaks, so this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The wireless charging feature of AirPods 2 was revealed earlier by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple has already announced a version of AirPods that charge wirelessly but its availability is unknown.
Last month, it was reported that AirPods 2 will have new ‘health features’ and last year Bloomberg reported that AirPods 2 would include the W2 chipset that would enable “Hey Siri” functionality. As of now, a user needs to double tap either AirPod to activate Siri.
So the Apple news. AirPods wireless charging will happen. It will be VERY fast (0-100 in 15 minutes.) That speed is for the AirPods AND the case. It will probably use Qi charging.
There will be a downside though, the case will be bigger in one direction and heavier.
— Max Weinbach (@mweinbachXDA) March 3, 2019
Additionally, the W2 chipset is likely to improve AirPod’s connection to the iPhone aside from improving the battery life. Other leaked features of AirPods 2 include water resistance and noise cancellation.
Apple launched truly wireless earbuds, AirPods back in September 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus devices.