We are now so close to Apple’s March event where it is expected to showcase new software updates and hardware. Last year, we saw the unveiling of a new 9.7 inch iPad. At this year’s event, Apple is believed to announce the release date for its AirPower, the company’s first charging mat. In reality, AirPower was first introduced back in 2017 and set for 2018 public release. However, it was nowhere to be found. Many tech experts believe that Apple canceled it, but a reliable source recently confirmed that AirPower will see a public rollout shortly after Apple’s March event.
Earlier this year, sources claimed that AirPower officially entered into production at one of Apple’s facilities in Taiwan. The latest reports say that AirPower is just around the corner and Apple will launch it next week. A new AirPower image was recently discovered on Apple’s website, hinting at the release of the charging mat at the event. Sources say that the charging mat allows iPhone owners to quickly recharge their device and will work perfectly with this year’s iPhone models.
When it comes to pricing, AirPower is expected to cost around $150 at launch. Apart from AirPower, Apple is said to announce a bunch of new hardware at its event, one of which includes a cheaper HomePod. The HomePod is Apple’s smart speaker that made its debut last year. Reports say that HomePod shipments reached 10 million units by the first quarter of 2019. We have heard a lot of speculation that the new HomePod will be smaller and more affordable than the first model.
Besides, the new HomePod will target mainly emerging markets like India or Brazil. In reality, Apple is struggling to sell its phones in India as it fails to compete with Chinese smartphone makers. Huawei now dominates the Indian market, while Apple finished 5th place last year. Earlier this week, Apple announced the new AirPods after months of leaks. The new AirPods don’t bring about a significant change as it retails the same design language. The big changes lie in wireless charging case and Hey Siri support.
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