Apple could launch $200 AirPods with anti-slip grip coating this spring alongside a new iPad Mini and its long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat, report claims

Apple could have a slew of new hardware in the works for later this year.

This spring, the iPhone maker is expected to launch a revamped pair of AirPods and a much-awaited successor for the iPad Mini 4, which hasn’t seen any updates since it was released four years ago.

Additionally, in the coming months, Apple could finally make its AirPower wireless charging pad available, which has been largely missing in action since it was first debuted in 2017.

Apple’s second-generation AirPods are expected to look very similar to the original version, aside from a few small upgrades, MySmartPrice reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Notably absent from AirPods 2 is improved battery life, as the second-generation headphones are expected to have the same longevity as the original version of five hours.

They’ll likely feature a non-slip grip coating to address consumers’ oft-repeated criticism that the headphones easily slide out of their hand because they’re made out of a smooth, plastic material.

AirPods 2 are also expected to feature improved bass, advanced sensors for health monitoring and will come in both black and white.

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