Apple AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Launching in March

Saturday, 24 Feb, 2018

A new report suggests Apple may release new versions of its popular AirPods wireless earbuds in 2018 and 2019. Apple has said it needs more time, but a Japanese technology publication says Apple will start selling it in March, Computerworld reported.

While wireless charging is provided, the wireless charger itself still needs to be plugged in - something that may sound obvious to some, but it's worth pointing out for those new to the world of wireless charging.

Wireless earbuds are much better now than the past and with the help of Siri or Google Assistant, they make life easier with live translation and navigation features that come in handy.

We already know that there will be at least one upgrade to the Airpods this year, because Apple has already announced a wireless charging-compatible case will arrive this year.

They didn't say exactly when, but an earlier report in The Apple Post says the launch is likely to happen towards the end of March, so we may still have around a month to wait.

AirPods now sport an Apple-produced chip called the W1. A subsequent model is also expected to bring water-resistance.

The first-generation AirPods are not listed as being water resistant but it's created to be used while users are working up a sweat during jogs or other workouts. The Bluetooth-enabled headphones were sold out at Apple Stores through January. The Apple Watch on the other hand can be submerged in waters of a certain depth.

The report also revealed that Apple is calling the unannounced headphones as B288 internally. The idea was to replace the traditional wired headphones with a wireless headphones. And according to earlier reports from multiple sources a year ago, it's going to cost $200 when it's released. The idea was later used by many big names like Google and Samsung. Coming to products such as the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, AirPower is meant to supply power wirelessly to all three devices at once.