Kuo also said that the next AirPods model will come with upgraded Bluetooth specs. If there were a more ideal way to describe the company's wireless charging case for AirPods and the multi-device AirPower charging mat, I have yet to hear it.
The current AirPods' carrying case is charged only with a standard Lighting cable, but the new product will have new components and hinges, redesigned to withstand higher thermal requirements.
The analyst also didn't mention AirPower, Apple's long-awaited wireless charging mat that has reportedly been rife with problems.
Kuo has been right about many Apple launches in the past, but AirPods have been tricky to predict. Kuo further states that the AirPods will see a major design overhaul and will be launched with an "all-new design".More news: Deontay Wilder: Forget Anthony Joshua, I want rematch with Tyson Fury
Although the updated earbuds were originally rumoured to launch alongside the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR back in September, the latest models have now purportedly been pushed back into the new year.
If the new pair of AirPods truly has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, then this means that it will have dual audio support.
All models of the next-generation AirPods are tipped to ship with always-on Siri support, so listeners can summon the voice assistant by using the wake phrase "Hey Siri". Other benefits include a longer range and faster pairing. It was also previously rumored that future AirPods would have water resistance and noise cancellation, as pointed out by The Verge.
These AirPods will be the first to get wireless charging support.
Users can expect AirPods with a wireless charging case in 2019, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.