We seem to have met this time as everyone looks forward to the first Apple event of the year. There's a whole slew of new Apple products and services that make rumors and speculations about the date of the spring event come into question.
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A Greek iPhone rumored site, iPhonehellas.gr, cites supply chain sources to suggest that the new AirPods are the second generation wireless AirPower charging mat and the new entry-level iPad will be available next Friday, March 29th.
The site does not have a good reputation in the past, so we consider this a very sketchy claim. The website suggests that an Apple media event will take place in the second half of March, with pre-orders starting on March 22nd.
The new AirPods are expected to have Hey Siri support, as seen in iOS beta code. The wireless charging box for AirPods should also have a premiere, a companion to the AirPower mat. There are also some suggestions that the new AirPods have a different, grippier material and are available in new colors such as a black finish.
AirPower missed the original launch window for 2018, but many sources indicated that the product remains on track with ChargeLab meaning that the mat has gone into mass production. The mat charges up to three Apple devices at the same time, with no fixed locations for each product. A user can charge two iPhones or an Apple Watch, an iPhone and AirPods at the same time. When shipped, this would be the first inductive charging bag on the market that can be so flexible.
Finally, a spring iPad release seems very likely and a good candidate for an Apple event. It is believed that this is a successor of the 2018 9.7-inch iPad, which has a slightly larger display area and improved internals. A new, special iPad Mini is apparently under development, but it's not clear if the Mini is ready for March.
Apple is also preparing some different media services, some reports point to a WWDC start in April. Apple's announcements may include Apple News premium subscription and the original content streaming TV package.
What normally happens in the run-up to an Apple event is that multiple sites publish their event data from well-known sources, then a larger publication several days later sets the direction, which is often thought to be a deliberate leak by Apple itself , Officially, Apple sends the invitation to events 7-14 days before the appointment.