After years, Apple might finally cave in to everyone’s wishes. The latest rumor suggests Apple launch the second generation of its AirPods, tentatively called “AirPods 2,” in black.
According to the Economic Daily News (via AppleInsider), Apple’s supply chain has already started mass producing AirPods 2 in black as well as the AirPower wireless charging mat that has been delayed several times because of engineering challenges.
In addition to the black finish, the report also corroborates a separate report that said the AirPods 2 will sport a new, grippier coating on each earbud.
The Taiwanese report made no mention of any new features that would be exclusive to AirPods 2, but many rumors suggest the wireless earbuds will come with a hands-free “Hey Siri” mode so users don’t need to tap the side of the right AirPod.
It’s also believed Apple could include new sensors inside of the AirPods to better monitor your health. Companies like Samsung have included heart rate monitors inside of their true wireless earbuds to gather health data for fitness.
No photos of the alleged black AirPods 2 or its case have leaked yet, but if you want to get an idea of what they might look like, YouTuber Jonathan Morrison created a custom black pair:
Another YouTuber, Amanda Woolsey, created a pair of custom matte black AirPods:
As you can see, they look super slick. If you’re not a fan of white buds sticking out of your ears, black ones would be more inconspicuous. Based on the reports, the AirPods 2 could be a mixture of glossy and matte finish.
It’s unclear when AirPods 2 will come out. Gadget leaker @OnLeaks said they might not come out until the fall, but others believe Apple could slip it under the radar at its rumored March 25 event that’s expected to focus on a new subscription-based news service.
But black AirPods! Please be true!