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The new year is going to start seeing some tech events soon, and if rumors are to be believed, Apple may be planning a late March event to unveil some of the most anticipated accessories, which were notably missing from the last outing.
We are talking about the second-generation of the popular AirPods wireless earphones, the AirPower wireless charging mat and a new basic iPad as well as the iPad Mini 5. According to iphonehellas.gr, the new hardware should be available, very specifically, on March 29, 2019.
The rumor site also claims an Apple event will precede the availability of these items and claims that pre-orders will start from March 22, 2019.
When it comes to AirPods, the original generation has been available since late 2016 and is due for an upgrade soon. While the wireless earphones were initially received with skepticism, they have gone on to become immensely popular. With the second-generation, we are expecting a pre-packaged wireless charger, improved material (for better grip), new colors (a black finish perhaps) and possibly water resistance.
However, Steve, from OnLeaks has Tweeted his doubts about the second generation of AirPods surfacing just yet:
#AirPods2 details I got from a new and yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source. Thus, I can’t vouch these at 100%… – New wireless charging #AirPods Case to be launched soon BUT shipped with current AirPods – Brand new AirPods + new color(s) likely unveiled this fall.”
The AirPower charging mat is also a much-anticipated accessory, especially since it is more flexible than existing charging pads on the market and allows users to charge their iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch all at once.
Even though the AirPower charging mat was announced back in 2017, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it has not been officially released, and now might be a good time for it.
As for the iPads, the iPad Mini is also due for an upgrade, with the last version, the Mini 4, being released in 2015. Arguably, iPad customers are not looking for yearly upgrades, so it makes sense for Apple to hold off on the next iteration till now.
However, according to iphonehella.gr, we shouldn’t expect the new iPad or iPad Mini 5 to sport the same designs as the new iPad Pro. Displays will be upgraded, but FaceID will not be making an appearance in these models and they will continue with the trusty haptic feedback Home button.
Apart from hardware announcements, Apple may also unveil new digital media services, including an Apple News subscription and content streaming service.
While these rumors are unsubstantiated, we can expect a late March or April Apple event regardless, but it remains to be seen which products and services the company actually announces.
Meanwhile, Samsung has announced its own Unpacked event for February 20, 2019, with the tagline “The Future Unfolds” – we wonder what that may be about (read, the hyped folding Samsung phone?). Stay tuned!