New AirPods Likely Delayed if Apple Doesn’t Launch AirPower Charging Mat Today

Today’s leaks from Apple’s XML sitemap have revealed a flurry of
product announcements we can expect at the company’s upcoming

Gather Round
event, including details of new
and Apple
Watch models

On the flip side, the XML file also suggests which rumored
products we shouldn’t expect to be revealed later today. Most
conspicuous is the absence of new
iPad Pro
and Mac models, which history suggests will now
appear at a separate October event.

There’s also the matter of Apple’s long-awaited
AirPower wireless charging mat
, which likewise doesn’t
feature in Apple’s sitemap, and that could be bad news for
customers waiting on Apple to update its AirPods wireless

With AirPower, Apple was supposed to be introducing a new

AirPods Charging Case
that adds wireless charging to the
earbuds. But because the AirPower has taken so long to launch,
the new case is now expected to feature in the
next-generation model of AirPods
– although Apple is also
expected to sell that case on a standalone basis so customers
who have already purchased AirPods can upgrade to it.

The new case looks similar to the current version, which
charges via Lightning cable, but it has a built-in induction
coil that also enables wireless charging.

In addition, rumors suggest that the new AirPods will have an
upgraded wireless chip that supports hands-free “Hey Siri”
functionality. With “Hey Siri” support, AirPod owners will be
able to activate Siri without needing to double tap on the
AirPods with a finger.

No other major changes are expected for the new AirPods, but
there have been some hints that Apple is working on a set of
Apple-branded high-end over-ear headphones that could launch in
late 2018 at the earliest, although today’s leaks suggest only
a brief mention of them today at best.

Apple’s event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve
Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino, California. Apple plans
to live stream proceeding on its website and through the Events
app on the Apple TV, while MacRumors will have live coverage
both here on and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter

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