Apple's upcoming second generation AirPods will feature a new design and improved audio performance, while the AirPower wireless charging pad will be launched in the spring, a new report claims today.

Rumors site MySmartPrice said one of his "trusted sources" claims that the AirPods 2, released this year for release, will provide a better bass response thanks to the improved internals, and both the earbuds and the case will have a special matt coating improve the grip, similar to a used coating on the glass back of the Pixel 3 phone from Google.

The report also repeats earlier rumors that Apple's second-generation AirPods will include health security features, including heart rate monitoring, and claims that battery life is likely to be more or less comparable to the current model.

In addition, the site believes that the new AirPods 2 earphones will be available in black and white colors and cost about $ 200, a $ 40 increase over the current price, although it is unclear whether this detail comes from the same source or just speculation.

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The source of the site does not provide a concrete starting window for the AirPods 2, but in a separate report this morning, DigiTimes repeated earlier rumors from the supply chain sources that Apple will release new-generation AirPods in the first half of this year. Apple supplier Inventec is a major assembler of AirPods and expects its shipments to grow further as a result of the launch, which was also approved in early 2019 by the well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Meanwhile, MySmartPrice claims that the Apple AirPower wireless charging station will be thicker than originally planned due to an internal 8-7-7 coil configuration, and will finally be released in the spring of this year, "next to the wireless charging case for the first generation AirPods." Apple is expected to release a stand-alone AirPods business that can be purchased as an upgrade for existing AirPods to enable wireless charging.

Back in November, MySmartPrice was the first to see new AirPods listings in the regulatory database of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, suggesting a renewed version of the accessory could come in the near future. Otherwise, the site does not have much of a track record for confirmed Apple rumors, so the above details should be taken with a grain of salt.