[Update 03/31/19: Apple has since announced they’ve cancelled the AirPower charger indefinitely. We’ve gathered more information about the cancellation right here.]
Originally published 03/19/19
Apple is planning to announce the 7th-generation iPod touch, AirPods 2, and AirPower imminently, a source tells AppleToolbox. This follows the company’s surprise release on Monday of the new iPad Air and iPad mini.
The news follows MacRumors earlier report that Apple is planning to release the new iPod touch tomorrow morning.
On Monday, March 25, Apple will unveil a slew of new subscription offerings, including the company’s new TV service. Apple may opt to announce the new hardware prior to the event in order to emphasize its devotion to the new subscription offerings.
All of the new products, will not be available in store and will not ship until after Monday’s event.
AirPower, which was originally announced in 2017 alongside the iPhone X, has become a public spectacle due to its absence and failure to release in 2018. As we reported, Apple had significant difficulty delivering on the original vision, however, figured out how to manufacture the product towards the end of last year, according to a source.
7th-generation iPod touch
Apple will announce the first major update to the iPod touch since 2012 tomorrow morning, according to our source. The 7th-generation iPod touch will feature a similar design to the current model, with the same 4-inch screen and colorful designs. It is expected to retail for the same prices at the same memory configurations as the current model.
The main focus of the new model will be improved internals, with a bump in RAM and the inclusion of the A12 chip. This will allow for significant performance improvements, particularly with Games, which are the main focus for iPod touch customers. The new model will ship alongside iOS 12.2 early next week.
Apple discontinued the iPod shuffle and nano in 2016, with many feeling the iPod touch wouldn’t be far behind. Instead, Apple has decided to embrace the low-entry nature of the touch and embrace it as the company works on a Gaming subscription service for launch later in 2019.
Apple will announce AirPods 2 this spring, and as early as Thursday, according to one source. They will ship with a new case that will allow AirPods 2 to wirelessly charge with AirPower. But, I=it is unclear if it will be compatible with other wireless chargers. Like the AirPod, AirPod 2 will feature a charging indicator on the front as opposed to inside. The new model will also support ‘Hey Siri’, allowing users to ask questions and make requests without having to touch the side of the AirPods.
The ‘pods’ themselves will include a more-comfortable grip that lowers the likelihood of them falling out. They will also include improved dust, water, and sweat resistance, as well as improved sound and bass. They will be available for the same $159 price as the current model, according to our source.
[UPDATE 03/19/19 8:15pm]
Three major updates re: AirPods 2.
1) A source has told us they are coming March 29, as originally reported earlier this year
2) Amazon UK, Target and Walmart seem to be sold out of AirPods
3) Apple ship dates for AirPods in the US currently all sit in the March 29 range pic.twitter.com/4ViGP4wUYy
— Binyamin Goldman (@bzgoldman) March 20, 2019
Apple’s AirPower appears to be imminent, according to two sources. The device was first announced in 2017 with an expected ship date in 2018, however, was never released. In late 2018, AppleToolbox detailed the complications surrounding the device and revealed that Apple had canceled the original project to focus on a reworked wireless accessory.
We do not know if the technical differences will be clear, as we’ve learned the device will be able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods 2. However, unlike originally presented, AirPower may only be able to charge two of these at once. The device will be sold under the AirPower branding, and will likely cost $159.
We are expecting Apple to announce AirPower this spring, with one source claiming it will launch this Friday.
Binyamin has been writing about Apple and the tech sector as a whole for over five years.
His work has been featured on Forbes, MacWorld, Giga, MacLife, and more.
Additionally, Goldman is the Founder of BZG, a software development company focusing on Apple devices.