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AirPods 2 allegedly in production and launching next Spring with AirPower

By mongeese · 7 replies
Feb 16, 2019
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  1. Inventec, the Chinese company that manufactures AirPods, recently released its monthly financial statement. Other than confirming the company will build a new manufacturing plant in Nanchang to facilitate “American customers,” the public version of the report doesn’t reveal specifics. However, Chinese website UDN was able to speak an investor with access to the private statement.

    Inventec is reportedly expecting large profits to be made from the next AirPods, which will debut along with the AirPower charging mat “very soon” in Spring. They’ll cost $199 (the originals cost $159), come in black and white options and be coated in a new grippier material. The devices will be manufactured at the same rate as the original AirPods.

    While Inventec specializes in audio and is not working on AirPower, the business plan is for them to launch together. AirPower will live up to all its promises but be thicker than original concepts that Apple showed off. According to a separate source claiming to speak with an Apple employee, advertisements for both devices are being filmed currently.

    In terms of upgrades over the current generation, previous reports have suggested that the new AirPods will feature improved bass response, health sensors that include heart rate detection, and better water resistance. They’ll also use Bluetooth 5.0, which can improve audio quality while consuming less power. That will make the battery life slightly better compared to the originals, despite including batteries of the same capacity. ‘Hey Siri’ compatibility will also be a feature.

    For a company that seemed to give up on music hardware and let the iPod die, Apple has created one of the most successful and novel audio products of the last few years. AirPods 2 will no doubt be a big hit.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,890   +1,166

    "new" anything from Apple, means HIGHER price.
    Carlos GarPov likes this.
  3. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Guru Posts: 977   +701

    I can't see spending that much for a charging mat. Hopefully the 3rd part gets us a charging mat that can handle 3 devices.
  4. Carlos GarPov

    Carlos GarPov TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +18

    You are SOoooooooooo RIGHT
  5. Sausagemeat

    Sausagemeat TS Maniac Posts: 409   +202

    Glad to see they have kept the price low. Can’t wait to get my hands on these things.
  6. iamcts

    iamcts TS Maniac Posts: 221   +154

    The same people who complain about no headphone jack on phones are getting hyped about garbage Bluetooth Airpods that sound just as bad as the wired ones Apple makes.

    Congrats, everyone. We've come full circle.
  7. syrious01

    syrious01 TS Rookie Posts: 23   +18

    Still the same garbage audio, my $60 Final earbuds sound better than these.
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,757   +1,149

    You know, I'm no Apple fan, whatsoever. With that said, I was recently looking at an alternative brand (Anker) that was doing the "same" thing as the AirPods while costing a little over half the price. After reading mixed reviews, it's definitely not there yet.

    Another alternative brand that has a very similar concept is Jabra, an although more on the corporate side of things, while I have not read the reviews they were more expensive.

    With all of the above said, and even though I'm not a fan of the brand, they did make an excellent product that really revolutionized the way headphones work (I'm still not inclined to spend around $200 for them though), while not being that much more expensive than other alternatives.

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