Back when Apple launched the iPhone 8 and X, it announced that both phones would come with Qi wireless charging. It's not like Apple to adopt a mainstream technology without its own little twist, so it did exactly that with AirPower. The first party wireless charging matt was designed to charge iPhones, Apple Watches, and Airpods at the same time. Software trickery to connect them all together and lets you check up on how each device is doing from the phone's screen.
Apple didn't give us a specific date when AirPower was announced, only saying the vague "2018". Now, though, it looks like Apple nerds will be able to get their hands on the special charging matt next month.
According to a new report from Macotakara, Apple will be releasing the AirPower matt sometime next month through the Apple Store and from partnered retailers. Unfortunately sources didn't say exactly when the release would be, but the information does line up with a previous report from The Apple Post at the start of the month. That report specifically mentioned US retailer Best Buy as one of Apple's Day One partners, but that doesn't really help us here in the UK. But seeing as how Apple Stores aren't exactly rare, having zero presence at other retailers is unlikely to hurt Apple that much.
In addition to this new reports, rumours have been circulating that Apple is working on an upgraded pair of AirPods which will come with waterproofing and voice controls for controlling music playback. Those rumours also claim the upgraded earbuds will come with an Apple-made wireless chip to improve how Bluetooth connections are managed.
We already know that there will be at least one upgrade to the Airpods this year, because Apple has already announced a wireless charging-compatible case will arrive this year. While some people will happily pay out for the upgraded case, throwing in some upgraded AirPods might make it an easier sell for people who aren't obsessed with the latest and best technology.
We don't have any pricing or release information for this, but with rumours that Apple is also planning to release some upgraded iPads next month it looks like March will be a big month for Apple and its fans. [Macotakara via 9to5Mac]