According to recent rumors, AirPods 2 will have the ability to charge 100% in just 15 minutes over wireless charging. This will be possible due to a thicker and heavier case, which will house the circuitry for Qi charging. This news comes from Max Weinbach of XDA, who had previously claimed that Apple would be fixing the huge volume HUD in iOS 13.
Apple’s rumored March event is just a few weeks away so the rumor mill is also going full speed with expected product announcements. AirPods 2 rumors and leaks have been all over the place since last year, however, like AirPower, Apple has yet to announce anything regarding them.
Recently, DigiTimes claimed that AirPods 2 will be released in summer of 2019. Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a better track record than DigiTimes, predicted that AirPods 2 will be released in Q1 2019. This makes it likely that the launch will be at Apple’s March event, which is just before the end of Q1. Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted that 2019 AirPods update will have wireless charging and upgraded Bluetooth specifications, while 2020 will see the launch of redesigned AirPods.
So the Apple news. AirPods wireless charging will happen. It will be VERY fast (0-100 in 15 minutes.) That speed is for the AirPods AND the case. It will probably use Qi charging.
There will be a downside though, the case will be bigger in one direction and heavier.
— Max Weinbach (@mweinbachXDA) March 3, 2019
For now, Max Weinbach has added a new bit to these rumors that AirPods will have really fast wireless charging: 100% in 15 minutes. This charging time is for both AirPods and its case. It is particularly amazing when you consider that current generation AirPods give 3 hours of battery life after 15 minutes of charging, over a wired connection.
In another tweet, Max says that there’s a chance that Apple might delay dark mode to iOS 13.1 however, it might still make it to iOS 13. Considering that this is one of the highlight features that users are waiting for, ever since macOS Mojave got the dark mode treatment, it would be a bit of a disappointment if it’s delayed.
So iOS 13 will get a Dark Mode…
The issue is with release. There is a chance Apple delays it until iOS 13.1. That is the current state. It could be with the main release but it doesn't seem like it right now.
If something changes I will tell you all.
— Max Weinbach (@mweinbachXDA) February 23, 2019
Note that Max Weinbach does not have a proven track record yet for Apple product predictions so it will be interesting to see how accurate his sources are.