An unconfirmed rumor reported by The Apple Post indicates that we’ll see an AirPods wireless charging solution in March.
The Apple AirPods took the world by storm after their release, quickly selling out as Apple struggled to keep up with demand. An anonymous tipster from Best Buy told the Apple Post that the new AirPower mat and AirPods wireless charging case will come sooner rather than later, expanding the functionality of Apple devices starting sometime in March.
The source reports that Best Buy will start receiving AirPower units towards the end of March, with Apple sending additional models to be used as demos and displays. As an Apple Authorized Service Provider, most Best Buys have a dedicated area for both Apple sales and service. It would make sense that an insider in the company would have information regarding the upcoming AirPods wireless charging as well as the AirPower mats.
The Apple Post reports that Polish retailer X-kom already has the AirPower listed for a piece of 999 Zlotych which is a little less than $300 American, with the current status listed as “unavailable.” X-kom has been showing the product on its website since November, but the fact that it’s still there seems to serve as an indication that brick and mortar electronics stores will receive a decent supply of AirPods wireless charging cases and AirPower mats.
The anonymous source claimed that Apple’s new AirPods wireless charging case will launch alongside the AirPower in March, although it appears that BestBuy will only sell the AirPods charging case if it’s sold with brand-new AirPods, which suggests that the standalone case may be available exclusively through Apple.
Taiwanese technology website DigiTimes is currently claiming that suppliers in the industry are preparing to take sizeable orders from Apple as well, which reinforces the idea that a new product launch is coming with the next couple of months. The release of the AirPods wireless charging solution will likely come alongside the release of the next generation iPads, updated MacBook – and even maybe an iPhone SE 2.
While the AirPower technology may not be launching until late March (provided these rumors from the Best Buy tipster are true, of course), we’ve known about the technology for quite some time. The AirPower wireless charging mat will allow users to charge multiple devices at the same time including the Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8, iPhone 8+, and iPhone X. Apple also seems committed to bringing wireless charging to more and more people with the capability likely to become standard on the majority of their high-end flagships. The ability to charge multiple devices at the same time isn’t unique to the AirPods wireless charging, but it is pretty unprecedented in that the AirPower technology allows devices being charged to adjust dynamically based on current battery levels.
It’s important to keep in mind that, as with any leak, the information regarding the launch of the AirPods wireless charging may not end up being true and is subject to change. It’s always difficult to verify the validity of release information ahead of an official announcement and launch, but considering the fact that the AirPower is currently expected to launch in the first Quarter of 2018, it’s certainly a legitimate possibility. We’ll have to wait and see over the coming weeks whether or not the information regarding and AirPods wireless charging release turns out to be accurate.
Apple could really use a win in terms of sales with the Apple AirPods and AirPower charging mat, as they’ve recently found themselves on the receiving end of a significant amount of negative PR. Due to their lack of transparency regarding the slowing of older iPhones, the company has lost a lot of goodwill with their customer base. While the issues with the slow down have been addressed somewhat with the reduction in price of battery replacement and an upcoming feature in iOS 11.3 that will allow users to turn off battery throttling, Apple needs continued wins with their releases if they’re to get rid of the sour taste they’ve left in their customers’ mouths. A successful launch of the AirPods wireless charging case alongside the release of the AirPower charging mat could be just what the company needs to shift the narrative from their mistakes to successes.