In the same note, he said that an all-new model of AirPods will arrive in 2020. To support this ambition, the case will come with an upgraded hinge, and with a few more expensive internal components.
The AirPods update was expected when Apple launched its 2018 iPhone lineup, but it was not to be.
Originally brought to light by MacRumors, the next-gen version of AirPods is said to include support for wireless charging and enhanced Bluetooth functionality. It's not clear, however, whether "wireless charging" refers to the charging case or the earphones themselves. It may be recalled that there were rumors surrounding upgraded Airpods being planned for this year but it never got released during the Apple launches scheduled for this year.
Another upgrade due before the end of 2020 will feature an unspecified "all-new design", according to the report.
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If the new pair of AirPods truly has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, then this means that it will have dual audio support. Speculation initially indicated that the new AirPods were set to launch this fall, but the earbuds never appeared on stage at Apple's most recent hardware event. Unfortunately, the virtual assistant Siri can not be activated via the AirPods.
Thanks to Ming-Chi Kuo's report, we know that wireless charging of AirPods is still available. Unfortunately, Kuo didn't provide any details about the next-generation AirPods.
Earlier, Kuo predicted that Apple would launch AirPods 2 in the second half of 2018 but the engineering challenges faced in developing wireless charging pad, that was announced a year ago, have delayed the launch of AirPods 2. Earlier, the patent stated the Apple AirPods to feature biometrics and noise cancellation features.