When Apple announced the AirPower wireless charging mat, it showed a set of AirPods charging on it, cable-free. It’s unclear if the product shown are the new AirPods 2, or a case for the original model that’s compatible with wireless chargers. But since the AirPower is still a no-show, allegedly due in part to an overheating issue, this may have also caused a delay for either of those products.
The latest rumors from late 2018 indicate that the AirPods 2 will have wireless charging support, but it’s not clear if it’s the earpieces can be charged by being placed on a wireless charger, or if you’ll need a compatible case to do it.
In January, we heard that the AirPower charging mat may have entered production and may be released soon. Given that the AirPods 2 are predicted by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to release before the end of the first half of 2019, Apple may take the opportunity to release the AirPower mat as well to highlight the feature. According to a recent rumor from 9To5Mac, albeit one which the publication states comes from an unreliable source, the next AirPods may even be able to charge fully via wireless charging in 15 minutes.