Apple planning upgraded AirPods for later this year

Apple planning upgraded AirPods for later this year

AirPower is not your everyday wireless charger.

Back in December, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple would release upgraded AirPods during the second half of 2018. It's not like Apple to adopt a mainstream technology without its own little twist, so it did exactly that with AirPower. Also, the reports do not mention wireless AirPods charging cases, that were announced alongside AirPower in September 2017. To note, a Polish retailer had listed the device on its portal, priced at PLN 999 (roughly Rs. 19,000). Since launch, AirPods have been considered one of the top-performing Apple products and have resonated with both reviewers and consumers.

AirPower is Apple's wireless charging pad; an oval-shaped surface large enough to hold your iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus, or Apple Watch and charge them. It will cost $15. As always, take rumors with a grain of salt, because nothing is official until Apple makes it so. It pays for Apple to continue updating AirPods, however incrementally, because planned upgrades in Bluetooth connectivity and design should only improve the user experience. This is a lot to pay for wireless charging. The device was launched at $159 in the USA and Rs 15,400 in India.

You may have another way to charge your Apple things soon. This also helps the device save lot of battery. The whole setup works without cables and can charge up to three devices at once.

"The system has a great interface".

The site says Apple has been working on resolving an issue with charging the Apple Watch Series 3. Tim Cook said on stage at the event. According to Gurman, the new AirPods will respond to the phrase, "Hey Siri" without needing you to touch the earbuds themselves.

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AirPods cases now come with a Lightning connection though, so owners will have to buy a separate wireless charging case for the earbuds. At the moment, an AirPod wearer has to tap the earphone itself to activate Siri. The wireless accessory will be sold at the company's retail App Stores as well as on other retailers like Best Buy.

In case you can't wait for the release of the AirPower, there are other already available options from companies, such as Aukey, Anker and Belkin.

We're not so sure about the Apple Watch, though. The AirPower will of course offer guaranteed compatibility for your third-generation Apple smartwatch. Japanese blog Macotakara made a similar claim on Friday.

Apple has also been talking software updates, according to Computerworld.

This can then be used to transfer a voltage - or charge - to the smartphone.

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