The AirPods 2 will release within the first half of 2019, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a reliable track record on Apple products in development. For instance, Kuo accurately predicted the display specs and pricing of the iPhone XR close to a year before its unveiling. Some rumors also indicate that Apple may be working on a more premium AirPods 2 model for release in 2019 that offers water resistance and noise cancellation.
Apple will reportedly host an event on March 25th, 2019, which is near the end of the first quarter, but don’t get too excited: it’s said to be services-focused, centered on Apple’s TV streaming plans or its Apple News subscription service, not on hardware. Apple has been known for having a card up its sleeve at its events, so it’s possible that the AirPods 2 could get a surprise announcement.